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.
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..