Recent cases

  • The Arkansas Commission on Judicial Discipline and Disability publicly reprimanded a judge for a 17-month delay in entering a decision in a divorce case following the final hearing.
  • The California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished a judge for (1) being aggressive and heavy-handed when interacting with a member of court administration regarding the re-assignment of another judge’s courtroom clerk and (2) summoning an attorney to his chambers and suggesting that a declaration regarding the disqualification of the other judge should not be filed due to his concerns about the court’s reputation and the other judge’s family.
  • Based on a stipulation for discipline by consent and the judge’s irrevocable resignation, the California Commission on Judicial Performance censured a former judge and barred him holding judicial office for failing to include on financial disclosure forms $250,000 he received from the dissolution of a joint venture in a county contract for indigent defense and failing to disclose or disqualify when attorneys who had an interest in the contract appeared before him.
  • Agreeing with the recommendation of the Commission on Judicial Performance, the Mississippi Supreme Court removed a judge and fined him $3,500 for (1) failing to follow the law in drug court; (2) attending a meeting between a suspended bail bondsman and the sheriff; and (3) depriving a drug court participant of her right to counsel of her choice by threatening to hold her retained counsel in contempt if she did not sit down.
  • Based on a stipulation and agreement, the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline publicly reprimanded a judge for abusing her contempt power and failing to be honest with the Commission.
  • Granting a stipulation agreement and consent to discipline, the New Mexico Supreme Court placed a judge on supervised probation with a formal mentorship until the end of her term and imposed numerous conditions.  The Commission on Judicial Standards had alleged a variety of misconduct, including administrative failures, ex parte communications, taking action in cases from which she was recused, and denying defendants due process.
  • The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct  reprimanded a judge for (1) treating attorneys from the State Counsel for Offenders office and one of their expert witnesses in a less than patient, dignified, and courteous manner and (2) statements he made during a presentation about sex offenders before the Texas Patriots PAC.
  • The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct admonished a judge for (1) holding a “marathon” court session that lasted until 4:00 a.m.; (2) describing the district attorney as a “New York Jew;” (3) expelling the district attorney from her courtroom; and (4) telling a prosecutor his beard made him look “like a Muslim.”
  • The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct admonished a former judge for failing to provide public documents and information to citizens regarding cases in her court; failing to timely execute the business of the court; failing to hold jury or bench trials; failing to reduce her rulings to final, written, appealable judgments; failing to maintain proper records; and failing to conduct proper fiscal management.
  • The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct admonished a former judge for failing to treat certain attorneys with patience, dignity, and courtesy and repeatedly attempting to intervene in recusal proceedings.
  • Based on a stipulation and agreement, the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct censured a former part-time judge for under-reporting income she received as a judge and thereby collecting unemployment benefits to which she was not entitled..

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