10 years ago this month:
- Based on the recommendation of the Judicial Conduct Commission and an agreement for discipline by consent, the Arizona Supreme Court publicly censured a non-lawyer judge for having several substantive ex parte conversations with a defendant in a civil case and her daughter, providing legal advice to the defendant, and failing to disqualify himself. Inquiry Concerning Morales, Order (Arizona Supreme Court January 22, 2007).
- Denying a request to issue a writ of certiorari and quash a decision of the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, the Arkansas Supreme Court upheld the public admonishment of a judge for personally soliciting campaign funds from attorneys and held that the restriction was constitutional. Simes v. Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, 247 S.W.3d 876 (Arkansas 2007).
- The California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished a former judge for failing to disclose his personal relationship with an attorney representing the plaintiff in a case before him, taking the attorney’s secretary to a party while the trial was underway, and failing to disclose his past employment with the city attorney’s office in a case in which the defendant was the city. Public Admonishment of Difiglia (California Commission on Judicial Performance January 9, 2007).
- Accepting the recommendation of the Judiciary Commission, the Louisiana Supreme Court removed a judge from office for having an adulterous affair with his secretary and having sexual intercourse with her at the courthouse, failing to comply with a federal court order prohibiting him from contacting her, inappropriate comments to the media about pending cases, writing a letter of recommendation on court stationery, and failing to comply with court policies on travel expenditures. In re Miller, 949 So. 2d 379 (Louisiana 2007).
- Adopting the presentment of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct to which the judge consented, the New Jersey Supreme Court publicly censured a former judge for domestic violence and causing a motor vehicle accident while driving in an intoxicated condition. In the Matter of Paragano, Order (New Jersey Supreme Court January 30, 2007).
- Adopting the findings and recommendation of the Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics, to which the judge was deemed to have consented by failing to file a petition to modify or reject, the Wyoming Supreme Court publicly censured a former judge for his failure to oversee the workplace conduct of his wife who was the chief clerk of his court. In the Matter of Crow, 151 P.3d 270 (Wyoming 2007).