No pay for judge accused of working while drunk

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Taxpayers won't be picking up the tab while a Broward judge serves a suspension for allegedly coming to work drunk – twice.

The Florida Supreme Court has denied a request from Broward County judge Gisele Pollack to be paid during her suspension. Pollack had cited the Americans with Disabilities Act, saying she ought to keep receiving paychecks while she seeks treatment for alcoholism.

That's according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Pollack was suspended from office two weeks ago on the heels of accusations that she was intoxicated on the job in December and March. She also faces a DUI charge connected to an accident in May.

Pollack, 56, oversees misdemeanor drug cases. On May 2, she was arrested after police said she was driving drunk when she slammed into a stopped car.

Officers said they smelled alcohol inside her car and on Pollack's breath and spotted a spilled plastic cup on her passenger seat, according to an arrest report.

Pollack declined to take blood and breath tests at the time of her arrest.


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