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The Louisiana Supreme Court suspended a judge for 30 days without pay for holding an assistant city prosecutor in contempt and then ordering the dismissal of the criminal cases on the docket that day.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Committee to Study the Code of Judicial Conduct invited public comments on a proposed new code of judicial conduct.

Accepting a stipulation and based on the judge’s resignation and affirmation that he would not serve in judicial office again, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct discontinued proceedings on a formal complaint alleging that a non-lawyer judge did not cooperate in its investigation and engaged in ex parte communication in 9 cases, dismissed or reduced the charges in 7 of the cases without notice to or the consent of the prosecution, imposed sentences not authorized by statute in 2 of the cases, imposed fines in the absence of a guilty plea or a finding of guilt in 2 other cases, failed to record proceedings in 4 of the cases, and used undignified and discourteous language from the bench in 1 of the cases.

In a formal advisory opinion, the North Carolina State Bar stated that, with limitations, a lawyer may accept an invitation from a judge to be a “connection” on LinkedIn, may send an invitation to a judge, and may endorse a judge but may not accept an endorsement or a recommendation from a judge.

The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly warned a former judge for (1) reimbursing himself from campaign funds for travel expenses that were not properly reported to the Texas Ethics Commission and (2) conduct that resulted in negative attention and criticism in the press.

The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a court of appeals justice for, during a traffic stop, repeatedly identifying herself to police officers as a judge, offering to show the officers her judicial badge, being arrested for driving while intoxicated, and pleading no contest to a speeding charge.

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