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The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) instigated formal proceedings against circuit court Judge R. Timothy Shea for the judge's rude and intemperate behavior. After the Supreme Court disapproved the proposed sanction, the JQC withdrew its findings and recommendation of discipline and subsequently filed amended formal charges against Judge Shea. Based on facts set out in a second stipulation, the JQC filed a second findings and recommendation of discipline, determining that Judge Shea engaged in inappropriate behavior that was unbecoming a member of the judiciary. The JQC recommended that Judge Shea receive a public reprimand with the additional requirement that the judge send letters of apology to those individuals identified in the notice of amended formal charges and continue to obtain mental health treatment as recommended by his doctor and family therapist. The Supreme Court approved the JQC's findings and recommended discipline based on the severity of the judge's misconduct and the mitigating factors in his case.