Throwback Thursday

25 years ago this month:

  • Adopting the findings of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the Florida Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge who had backed into a parked car as he was leaving the home of friends, did not stop to determine the damage to the vehicle or the identify of its owner, and lied to the police, telling them he had been a passenger, not the driver. Re Fowler, 602 So. 2d 510 (Florida 1992).
  • Following the recommendation of the Judicial Qualifications Commission based on a stipulation, the Florida Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge who stated during a hearing in his courtroom, “Now, you can throw your Italian temper around in the bars but you don’t throw them around in my courtroom. . . . I’m just as Irish as you are Dago.”  Re Carr, 593 So. 2d 1044 (Florida 1992).
  • Accepting an agreed statement of facts and joint recommendation, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge who had, during an arraignment, asked a police officer whether the alleged assault was “just a Saturday night brawl where he smacks her around and she wants him back in the morning” and advised the defendant to “watch your back” because “women can set you up.” In the Matter of Bender, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct February 7, 1992).
  • The Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge who had (1) had an ex parte meeting with a minor who was the subject of a proceeding over which the judge was presiding; (2) stated to an attorney in open court and in front of a female court reporter and female clerk that the attorney looked like he had been “jacking off a bobcat in a phone booth;” (3) during the armed conflict with Iraq, said “nuke the sand niggers” in the presence of others in the clerk’s office coffee room in the courthouse; (4) stated to 2 attorneys that a defendant in an old case “had gone crazy from sucking too many cocks;” and (5) during sentencing of an indigent defendant, stated that a lot of the clients at a food bank where his wife is president “were too stupid to cook what they are given but nobody is starving.” In re Velie, Commission decision (Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct February 7, 1992).

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