Throwback Thursday

 

10 years ago this month:

  • The Mississippi Supreme Court privately reprimanded a non-lawyer judge for accepting a plea agreement that did not comply with mandatory sentencing as the statute required. The Commission on Judicial Performance had recommended a public reprimand.  Commission on Judicial Performance v. Justice Court Judge T.T., 922 So. 2d 781 (Mississippi 2006).
  • Adopting the recommendation of the Commission on Judicial Qualifications, which the judge accepted, the Nebraska Supreme Court reprimanded a judge for saying “Son of a bitch. F—k— Bosnian” in the courtroom to court staff in reference to a defendant.  In re Lindner, 710 N.W.2d 866 (Nebraska 2006).
  • Based on an agreed statement of facts and joint recommendation, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct censured a judge who had twice exhibited rude and demeaning conduct toward witnesses. In the Matter of Uplinger, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 15, 2006).
  • The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct censured a judge who had commenced a personal relationship with a prospective criminal complainant and assisted her both outside of court and in pursuing her legal claims. In the Matter of Clark, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 27, 2006).
  • Based on an agreed statement of facts and joint recommendation, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct censured a judge who, while a candidate, prepared and distributed campaign literature that misrepresented that his opponent had refused to handle parking tickets, resulting in $400,000 in delinquent tickets. In the Matter of Kulkin, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 23, 2006).
  • Accepting an agreement for discipline by consent, the South Carolina Supreme Court reprimanded a judge for failing to supervise an employee who had embezzled money from the court. In the Matter of Hensley, 627 S.E.2d 716 (South Carolina 2006)
  • The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct admonished a former judge for requesting a new female police office to spank him and then arrest him. Public Admonition of Ramos (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 6, 2006).

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