Recent cases

  • Pursuant to an agreed disposition, the Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct resolved a complaint that a judge made insensitive racial comments to another judge in the judges’ lobby of the court with his retirement and agreement not to seek appointment as a recall justice. Creedon, Press release (Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct October 17, 2016).
  • Agreeing with the recommendation of the Commission on Judicial Performance, the Mississippi Supreme Court removed a former judge for physically assaulting a mentally disabled African-American male and directing racial slurs at him at a flea market; the Court also ordered that the judge pay a fine of $1,000 and costs of $5,918.46. Commission on Judicial Performance v. Weisenberger (Mississippi Supreme Court October 13, 2016).
  • Reviewing a determination of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, the New York Court of Appeals removed a judge from office for threatening at various times to hold the chief court clerk, case manager, police officers, mayor, village attorney, his co-judge, and others in contempt or have them arrested; being rude and discourteous to court employees and village officials and employees; and permitting a candidate for county executive to quote him in a campaign press release. In the Matter of Simon (New York Court of Appeals October 20, 2016).
  • Based on agreed statement of facts and joint recommendation, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct admonished a judge for, on 3 occasions, asserting the prestige of judicial office while attempting to enter a county-owned building in possession of a firearm, in violation of a local law. In the Matter of Moskos, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct October 3, 2016).
  • Accepting an agreed statement of facts and joint recommendation, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct admonished a judge for threatening to hold an assistant district attorney in contempt, to declare a mistrial with prejudice and to impose sanctions on the district attorney’s office if a defendant was arrested for threatening a witness before the trial concluded, and yelling and acting discourteously toward the assistant district attorney. In the Matter of Gary, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct October 3, 2016).
  • The Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline removed a former judge from office based on his guilty plea in federal court to 2 counts of lying to a federal agent. In re O’Neill, Opinion and order (Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline October 27, 2016).
  • The Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline reprimanded and censured a former judge based on his guilty plea to mail fraud in federal court for mailing a ticket to an administrator of the Philadelphia Traffic Court, identifying the ticket as belonging to the son of a court clerk, and subsequently leaving a message on the administrator’s answering machine. In re Miller, Sanction opinion (Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline September 23, 2016).
  • Pursuant to an agreement, the Tennessee Board on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for intervening on behalf of an acquaintance with a jailer and another judge. Re Anderson (Tennessee Board on Judicial Conduct October 24, 2016).
  • The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct reprimanded a judge for her handling of conflicting judgments in 2 eviction cases, her award of damages to a tenant in an eviction case, and Facebook posts that promoted the financial interests of a relative and a former judge. Public Reprimand of Uresti and Order of Additional Education (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct October 11, 2016).
  • The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct warned a judge who had pled guilty to driving while intoxicated. Public Warning of Jeanes (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct October 20, 2016).
  • Adopting the recommendation of the Judicial Hearing Board based on stipulations and a joint recommendation, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals censured a former judicial candidate, ordered him to pay costs, and permanently enjoined him from seeking judicial office for personally soliciting campaign contributions on his personal and campaign Facebook pages, establishing a bank account so that he could personally accept campaign contributions, and making inappropriate comments while a candidate. In the Matter of Kohout, Order (West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals October 7, 2015).

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