About a year after former Broward Circuit Judge Ana Gardiner resigned from her post amid a Judicial Qualifications Commission inquiry over allegations of a relationship with a former prosecutor, she's now reported to be engaged to the lawyer who defended her through the investigation.
According to GossipExtra's Jose Lambiet, David Bogenschutz -- the Fort Lauderdale defense attorney who's defended several local high-profile clients, like former New York Yankees star Jim Leyritz, former Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne, the son of billionaire Wayne Huizenga, and of course, the Porsche-driving, Briton-killing Ryan LeVin -- has moved into Gardiner's home.
Lambiet says Bogenshutz was granted a divorce from his former lawyer-lady Mary McCleary nearly a year ago, and his courthouse source tells him Gardiner is now "sporting a big fat sparkler on her ring finger," apparently from the Boge'.
Rumors about the two have been going on for some time, included sources telling the Pulp as early as December 2009 that the relationship between Gardiner and Bogenschutz was becoming "increasingly close" while he was defending her during her investigation.
The Judicial Qualifications Commission had been investigating Gardiner's relationship with former prosecutor Howard Scheinberg during a death penalty trial that allegedly included 949 phone calls and 471 text messages between Gardiner and Scheinberg throughout the case.
Gardiner ended up resigning from her spot on the bench, which likely saved her from losing her judgeship and law license.
We'd love to ring the two and find out about the rumor, but the last time Gardiner was asked to answer questions about her courtroom relationships, Bogenschutz sent this paper a nice letter requesting reporters not ask Gardiner questions that cause her to be "personally insulted and embarrassed."
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