20 years ago this month:
- Adopting the recommendation of the Commission on Judicial Performance, the California Supreme Court censured a judge who had on several occasions made sexually suggestive remarks to and asked sexually explicit questions of female staff members; used crude and demeaning names and descriptions and an ethnic slur when referring to staff members; referred to a fellow jurist’s physical attributes in a demeaning manner; and mailed sexually suggestive postcards to staff members. In re Gordon, 917 P.2d 627 (California 1996).
- The California Commission on Judicial Performance admonished a judge who had (1) failed to disqualify himself in 4 cases in which the Walt Disney company was a litigant although he owned 1000 shares of Disney stock valued at approximately $45,000 and (2) written 2 letters on court letterhead to a collection service regarding a claim against a member of his family. Public Admonishment of Stoll (California Commission on Judicial Performance June 3, 1996).
- Accepting the determination of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, the New York Court of Appeals removed a judge for 2 incidents in which he improperly jailed individuals for their purported failure to pay fines and restitution obligations he had imposed. In the Matter of Hamel, 668 N.E.2d 390 (New York 1996).
- Modifying the recommendation of the Commission on Judicial Tenure and Discipline, the Rhode Island Supreme Court censured a judge of the workers’ compensation court for improper charitable solicitations. In re Arrigan, 678 A.2d 446 (Rhode Island 1996).