Former judge sentenced for stealing from agency


Published: Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 7:45 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 7:45 a.m.

MIAMI — A former Miami judge has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for stealing more than $80,000 from a social services agency he ran.

Phillip Davis broke into tears at Friday's sentencing. In November, a jury found the 56-year-old guilty of nine felonies for defrauding an agency called Miami-Dade Resident College.

Davis's former administrative assistant was also convicted on all counts and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

As a judge, Davis was charged in 1991 with taking bribes to fix cases as part of a federal judicial corruption probe dubbed Operation Court Broom. Davis was acquitted after he admitted on the witness stand that he was a cocaine addict and the drug had clouded his judgment.

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