25 years ago this month:
- Pursuant to a memorandum of understanding, a part-time municipal court judge resigned and agreed not to serve in or run for judicial office in Arkansas, and the Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission dismissed complaints alleging that the judge (1) had been charged with unlawfully operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, violating the implied consent law, and operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license; (2) had presided at a hearing in which he assessed himself a fine for not having a valid driver’s license; (3) had failed to promptly dispose of the court’s business and given preferential treatment to 2 people regarding traffic tickets; (4) had failed to properly administer his court or to comply with several state statutes; and (5) had, in his capacity as a judge, signed an order that he had prepared in his capacity as an attorney, canceling a lien on land owned by a client. Memorandum of Understanding (Jackson) (Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission November 13, 1990) (www.state.ar.us/jddc/).
- The Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission publicly admonished a judge not to address attorneys or other persons in his court, when members of the public are present, in a manner that is or may be perceived to be derogatory regarding their appearance, manner of performance of duties, or competence. Letter to Donovan (Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission November 16, 1990) (www.state.ar.us/jddc/).
- Approving a stipulation and the recommendation of the Judicial Qualification Commission, the Florida Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for twice using very profane language in court in reference to the county sheriff. Inquiry Concerning Zack, 570 So. 2d 938 (Florida 1990).
- Accepting the recommendation of the Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability, the Oregon Supreme Court censured an associate justice of the Court for soliciting contributions to his election campaign. In re Fadeley, 802 P.2d 31 (Oregon 1990).