Throwback Thursday

10 years ago this month:

  • The Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct reprimanded a judge for improperly dismissing a lawsuit against a minor defendant based on a statute that prohibits a minor only from filing a lawsuit, not from being sued. Wilkins, Order (Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct July 11, 2006).
  • Adopting the recommendation of the Judicial Qualifications Commission based on an agreement, the Florida Supreme Court reprimanded a judge for viewing pornographic web-sites from the computer in his chambers; the Court also ordered that the judge may retain his position only until the end of his term on January 1, 2007, at which time he will retire and that after his retirement, he will not serve as a senior judge and will not seek appointment or election as a judge. Inquiry Concerning Downey, 937 So.2d 643 (Florida 2006).
  • Pursuant to a statement of circumstances and conditional agreement for discipline, the Indiana Supreme Court reprimanded a judge for driving while intoxicated. In the Matter of Cruz, 851 N.E.2d 960 (Indiana 2006).
  • Agreeing with the recommendation of the Judiciary Commission based on a stipulation of facts, the Louisiana Supreme Court suspended a judge for 120 days without pay for (1) failing to issue judgments in 18 cases for from 3 to 9 months and failing to timely and accurately report to the judicial administrator that those cases were under advisement and (2) failing to timely reimburse the court for travel advances beyond the costs actually incurred and to timely file travel reimbursement reports. In re Lee, 933 So. 2d 736 (Louisiana 2006).
  • Adopting the recommendation of the Judicial Tenure Commission, the Michigan Supreme Court censured a judge for accepting in open court football tickets from an attorney appearing before him. In re Haley, 720 N.W.2d 246 (Michigan 2006).
  • The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline reprimanded a hearing master for asking a 16-year-old defendant to take off his t-shirt and belt in court, which caused his pants to fall to the floor, exposing his boxer shorts. In the Matter of Beller, Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Imposition of Discipline (Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline July 31, 2006)
  • Approving a consent to censure based on stipulated facts, the Oregon Supreme Court censured a judge who had pled guilty to assault for recklessly causing physical injury to his wife and entered into the domestic violence deferred sentencing program. In re Moultrie, 139 P.3d 955 (Oregon 2006).



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