Throwback Thursday

20 years ago this month:

  • The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission publicly admonished a judge who had presided in a disbarment case without disclosing that he had represented the attorney in a federal criminal trial 10 years earlier and had argued on the attorney’s behalf 2 years later before a federal judge. Letter to Neal (Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission January 27, 1997).
  • The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission publicly admonished a part-time judge who, after authorizing an arrest based on an affidavit filed by a man charging battery, began to represent the man in his claim for damages against the defendant and, after beginning to represent the man, accepted the defendant’s plea of guilty and ordered the defendant to appear and show cause why he should not be held in contempt for his failure to appear in court. Letter to Patterson (Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission January 27, 1997).
  • The California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished a judge who took no action in a case for over 14 months after receiving a proposed judgement and objections and did not issue a final decision for over 10 months after a hearing. Public Admonishment of Chapin (California Commission on Judicial Performance January 22, 1997).
  • The California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished a judge who used profanity, made a vulgar gesture, and threatened retaliation toward counsel in a case. Public Admonishment of Williams (California Commission on Judicial Performance January 22, 1997).
  • Accepting the recommendation of the Judiciary Commission, the Louisiana Supreme Court censured a former part-time judge for presiding in 20 criminal cases in which attorneys with whom he was associated in the practice of law represented the defendant and for frequently engaging in financial and business dealings with lawyers likely to come before him. In re Lemoine, 686 So. 2d 837 (Louisiana 1997).
  • Accepting the recommendation of the Commission on Judicial Performance, the Mississippi Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge who had stopped a vehicle at gunpoint on his neighbor’s property, ordered the occupants to get out and lie on the ground, detained them, and made threats of serious bodily harm and possible death. Commission on Judicial Performance v. Whitten, 687 So. 2d 744 (Mississippi 1997).
  • Adopting the findings of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, the New Jersey Supreme Court privately reprimanded a judge for hugging and kissing a subordinate employee, but dismissed charges of sexual harassment made by that employee and 2 others; the Court announced the private reprimand publicly because of the public interest in the matter reflected by media coverage. In the Matter of Brenner, 687 A.2d 725 (New Jersey 1997).
  • The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge who had exhibited improper demeanor and refused to permit attorneys to participate in small claims proceedings. In the Matter of Rice, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct January 31, 1997).
  • The Arizona Supreme Court censured a former judge who had acted as a consultant and negotiator representing a company owned by a professional tennis player in contract negotiations with Nike. In the Matter of Fleischman, 933 P.2d 563 (Arizona 1997).
  • The South Carolina Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a former judge who had been charged with indecent exposure after regularly engaging in sexual activity with a woman in a parking lot in his car, which had the license plate “Summary Court 8N.” In the Matter of Fournier, 480 S.E.2d 738 (South Carolina 1997).

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