TAMPA -- Disbarred Judge Louis Tidwell is back in jail, amid allegations he has been practicing law without a license. Tidwell, 69, appeared in court this morning before Hillsborough Circuit Judge Gregory Holder, who set bail for violation of probation at $5,000.
A judge for 20 years, Tidwell presided over worker's compensation cases until he admitted to trading drugs for sex with a 14-year-old girl in the late 1980s. He served four years in prison and remains on probation.
His attorney, Ron Cacciatore, said Tidwell has been representing claimants before the Social Security Administration since 1994, but said such work does not require that the representative be a lawyer. Cacciatore said the state has not filed formal criminal charges against Tidwell other than violation of probation, so it isn't yet clear exactly what activity the state's allegations stem from.
Earlier Times coverage: Disbarred judge may have been practicing law
October 11, 2007 in Hillsborough