What they said that got them in trouble in 2015 – So far

  • “You’re held in contempt at this time. All cases are dismissed.”  Judge to assistant city prosecutor who refused to meet with her outside the courtroom prior to the criminal docket.  In re Sims, 159 So. 3d 1040 (Louisiana 2015) (http://www.lasc.org/opinions/2015/14O2515.opn.pdf).
  • “This is so goddamn simple. If you give the discovery and don’t do all this bullshit, I don’t have to sit here for hours and listen to this crap.  So everybody’s excused.”  Judge to attorneys in divorce matter.  Disciplinary Counsel v. Weithman (Ohio Supreme Court February 12, 2015) (http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/rod/docs/pdf/0/2015/2015-Ohio-482.pdf).
  • “If I determine that’s not a valid religious belief I could require you to remove the hat.” Judge to a defendant wearing a fedora in the courtroom as part of his Jewish faith.  In re Ladenburg, Stipulation, agreement, and reprimand (Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct February 20, 2015) (http://www.cjc.state.wa.us/Case%20Material/2015/7599_Ladenburg_Stip_Final.pdf).
  • “You look like a Muslim, and I wouldn’t hire you with it,” or words to that effect. Judge to bearded assistant district attorney in courtroom at the conclusion of the criminal docket.  Public Admonition of Schildknecht and Order of Additional Education (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct May 11, 2015) (http://www.scjc.state.tx.us/pdf/actions/FY2015-PUBSANC.pdf).
  • “New York Jew.” Judge referring to district attorney during a private conversation with the district attorney’s secretary in the judge’s office.  Public Admonition of Schildknecht and Order of Additional Education (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct May 11, 2015) (http://www.scjc.state.tx.us/pdf/actions/FY2015-PUBSANC.pdf).
  • “After we finished Day 1 of the case called the ‘Boy in the Box’ case, trustees from the jail came in and assembled the actual 6”x8’ ‘box’ inside the courtroom!” Judge on Facebook page about high profile criminal case.  Public Admonition of Slaughter and Order of Additional Education (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct April 20, 2015) (http://www.scjc.state.tx.us/pdf/actions/FY2015-PUBSANC.pdf).
  • “I wondered what was taking the jury so long, but a lot of times they want to just make it look official, so they’ll spend 30, 40 minutes back there. . . .” Judge during a presentation about sex offenders before the Texas Patriots PAC.   Public Reprimand of Seiler and Order of Additional Education (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct April 24, 2015) (http://www.scjc.state.tx.us/pdf/actions/FY2015-PUBSANC.pdf).
  • “Must be nice to take such an expensive trip but not pay your bills. Just sayin’.”  Judge on Facebook in response to a photo of the father of her twin babies and his girlfriend.  In the Matter of Bennington, 24 N.E.3d 958 (Indiana 2015) (http://www.in.gov/judiciary/opinions/pdf/02101501per.pdf).

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