Throwback Thursday

25 years ago this month

  • The Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission admonished a judge for an unreasonable delay of 19 months in deciding a case and a failure to promptly dispose of the business of the court. Letter to Adams (Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission February 20, 1991).
  • Accepting the determination of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, the New York Court of Appeals removed a family court judge for (1) frequently addressing parties and attorneys in an intemperate manner, (2) indicating that he presumed unproven allegations to be true, (3) using racially charged language on 2 occasions, (4) neglecting to inform litigants of their rights, (5) exerting undue pressure on parties to make damning admissions, and (6) sentencing one person to 6 months in jail based solely on an ex parte letter. In the Matter of Esworthy, 568 N.E.2d 1195 (New York 1991).
  • Accepting the determination of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, the New York Court of Appeals removed a town court justice for physically forcing himself on an unwilling victim. In the Matter of Benjamin, 568 N.E.2d 1204 (New York 1991).
  • The South Carolina Supreme Court reprimanded a former probate judge who had been a candidate in the Democratic primary election and in the general election for the office of county supervisor while continuing to serve as probate judge. In the Matter of Peagler, 401 S.E.2d 416 (South Carolina 1991).

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