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Florida Judge Steps Down, Laments Privacy Invasion Following Media Reports of His Manhunt Profile

Davidkw2-600x450A judge in the Florida Keys said his recent decision to retire early came after a number of media outlets began posting stories and information about his Manhunt profile – a move the judge called an “inappropriate invasion of my privacy.”

The AP reports:

Judge David Audlin announced in April that he was retiring with four years left on his term. Friday was the Monroe County chief circuit judge's last day.

A blogger found a profile for Audlin in January on Manhunt, a website that bills itself as the world's biggest gay hookup site, The Miami Herald reported. The next day a website called Above the Law posted a story about the blog.

Audlin, 56, did nothing illegal and no one has called on him to resign. But Audlin said after contemplating the matter for several months he decided to return to private practice.

"I'm looking forward to my constitutional rights being restored — my right to privacy and to be left alone in my private life," he said Friday.

16thCircuit Judges1Audlin [pictured far right below] said he has never tried to hide his sexuality.

The Miami Herald added:

Audlin contended that a judge’s personal life should be kept off limits if it does not interfere with his ability to be a good judge, be fair to people and have a proper, professional demeanor. “I think some people look at a gay judge’s personal life as being interesting or salacious. I suppose it’s the times we live in. This whole matter has nothing to do with my service to the people or my work as a judge.”

The comments under the postings about Audlin’s profile, which included his sexual preference and size of his genitalia, were mostly negative. And while Audlin repeated that his profile was supposed to remain on the private site, he added: “I don’t think to gay people it was unusual or extreme. I guess it’s offensive to others with more conservative, religious beliefs. I get that.”

The Keys law community has had nothing but good things to say publicly about Audlin as a judge and person since he announced his retirement.

During his eight-year tenure, Audlin’s most significant decision came in 2008, when he ruled that the 1977 ban on adoption by gays and lesbians was unconstitutional.

Gov. Rick Scott will appoint a judge to fill Audlin's vacancy. 

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  1. "Privacy"? What's that? "Personal life off limits"? You're kidding aren't you.

    Posted by: Mike | May 12, 2014 11:44:57 AM

  2. Did he lie about his age on the profile? He's entitled to a private life, but his apparently choosing to lie about his age doesn't reflect well on a judge.

    Posted by: vg | May 12, 2014 11:45:03 AM

  3. Sorry, but you do not have a right to privacy when you post your information on semi-public hook up sites.

    Posted by: elwoodl | May 12, 2014 11:46:47 AM

  4. His mistakes were:

    1) He used a derivative of his real name
    2) He put a full head shot on the site.

    Oh well. Wish him well.

    Posted by: Rad | May 12, 2014 11:54:33 AM

  5. He should have resigned for lying about his age in his profile.

    45. Jeesh!

    Posted by: Scott | May 12, 2014 11:56:34 AM

  6. WTF made him think as a public figure that he had no expectation that someone wouldn't recognize him on there? Clueless tool.

    Also, posting 45 and being 56? Rookie mistake.

    Posted by: Princely | May 12, 2014 11:57:20 AM

  7. WTF made him think as a public figure that he had no expectation that someone wouldn't recognize him on there? Clueless tool.

    Also, posting 45 and being 56? Rookie mistake.

    Posted by: Princely | May 12, 2014 11:57:21 AM

  8. Apparently this judge is not very well versed in the law. You have no privacy rights to a PUBLIC (in bold and much bigger letters) profile posted.

    Posted by: Perry | May 12, 2014 11:57:31 AM

  9. I had the pleasure of meeting David while visiting Key West and he is a lovely, generous man. I'm sorry that some people would judge him for something he does in his private life. He has done nothing wrong. Thomas sexually harassed a woman and was still put on our Supreme Court!! I'm am sure his retirement will be peaceful and lovely anyway.

    Posted by: Wendell | May 12, 2014 12:07:23 PM

  10. how big is it? that's what i want to know.

    Posted by: pc | May 12, 2014 12:08:09 PM

  11. 56 is too young to be that stupid about how apps and the Internet work. If this is an example of his intelligence, then the state is better off without him. On the other hand, it is Florida so whoever replaces him will almost surely be even more stupid.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | May 12, 2014 12:09:09 PM

  12. Oh look at all of the vicious men ripping into this man. All of whom are so awesomely perfect.


    Posted by: homer | May 12, 2014 12:13:30 PM

  13. Just goes to show that gay men hate each other. He is not cheating on his wife or partner. Why can't the person who recognized him just move on to the next profile? Why do we have to have this witch hunt of who is gay and who is not? The glee that some people react to this is sad.

    Posted by: Luke | May 12, 2014 12:16:20 PM

  14. @PC: He claims "6.5 x 4" on MH.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | May 12, 2014 12:27:26 PM

  15. 4" circumference? That doesn't sound remotely versatile to me.

    Posted by: Joe | May 12, 2014 12:29:45 PM

  16. No hating but he claims invasion of privacy on being "outed" through a PUBLIC profile posted on the INTERNET. It is ridiculous people are trying to make excuses for his poor judgment and lack of knowledge of the law. When you PUBLICLY post something with the intention of the PUBLIC viewing it and responding back then it is no longer your "private life".

    Posted by: Perry | May 12, 2014 12:30:20 PM

  17. @LUKE

    You're making a lot of assumptions there.

    Posted by: Mike | May 12, 2014 12:36:14 PM

  18. Everybody is missing the point here: he was on a legal site. What was the purpose of the bloggers/"media" publishing this? It seems more gossipy than anything. What was the actual news value?

    Posted by: BETTY | May 12, 2014 12:36:43 PM

  19. Canon 2 of the Code of Judicial Conduct for the State of Florida's language is virtually identical to a portion of Canon 2 of the Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges. The Commentary to the federal version states,"An appearance of impropriety occurs when reasonable minds, with knowledge of all the relevant circumstances disclosed by a reasonable inquiry, would conclude that the judge’s honesty, integrity, impartiality, temperament, or fitness to serve as a judge is impaired. Public confidence in the judiciary is eroded by irresponsible or improper conduct by judges. A judge must avoid all impropriety and appearance of impropriety. This prohibition applies to both professional and personal conduct. A judge must expect to be the subject of constant public scrutiny and accept freely and willingly restrictions that might be viewed as burdensome by the ordinary citizen.“ (1) He probably should have exercised more discretion, (2) he certainly shouldn't have lied about his age, and (3)he's probably a nice guy who made a poor decision, but he's been forthright about it and is taking steps to make it right by retiring from his post. What more could anyone ask for?

    Posted by: David | May 12, 2014 12:40:31 PM

  20. He could've stayed and fought, but I understand his decision to step down. Probably a nice guy, but definitely poor judgment. Just because something is legal doesn't it reflects well on a person in a professional capacity. I wish that he had realized this and been able to continue to serve, and to make sure that LGBTs get a fair(er) shake in the judicial system.

    Posted by: Huge Gavel | May 12, 2014 12:50:58 PM

  21. the amount of sex-shaming in the world is unhealthy... I'd rather have sex than get black-out drunk or all the other unhealthy things people do to reduce stress, etc.

    Posted by: steve | May 12, 2014 1:06:22 PM

  22. 56 years old and still trying to find happiness via loveless sex with strangers, lying to them in order to get it.

    He's not only pathetic, but also a great illustration of where the hookup lifestyle will lead you if you fall into it. Sure, people might go through a brief window in life in which they hook up. Maybe a few years in college or during military service. But to make it a way of life, year after year, decade after decade - it will hollow you out from the inside. Best thing we can do for ourselves as gay people is delete these hookup apps and pursue love.

    Posted by: Jon | May 12, 2014 1:26:24 PM

  23. And the second best thing we can do for ourselves as gay people is to go on gay-oriented blogs and post anonymous rants!

    Posted by: Jon | May 12, 2014 1:28:04 PM

  24. I disagree with most of your snide postings.

    What ever makes you think that the internet/social media gives you all a licence to be malicious and mean spirited ?
    What a series of bitter small minded posts.

    It's not a matter of a right to privacy; it's about the twisted little runts who want to bash and bring down anyone at all for a spot in the limelight.
    Forget thirty pieces of silver; most of you come much cheaper.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 12, 2014 1:28:18 PM

  25. Ummm Jon: how do you know he didn't find love at one point and it didn't work out for whatever reason and maybe isn't looking for anything serious at the moment? Many people, straight or gay "play the field" in between relationsips. So unless you know everything about this person, don't assume. You post a lot of wide assumptions without knowing the background. We get it: you don't like gay people.

    Posted by: BETTY | May 12, 2014 1:38:35 PM

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