5 years ago this month:
- The California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished a judge for cancelling the court reporter scheduled to take down proceedings before another judge. Public Admonishment of Edwards (California Commission on Judicial Performance February 7, 2012).
- Adopting the findings and recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, which the judge accepted, the New Jersey Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for, in an ex parte communication, directing the prosecutor to ask certain questions of state witnesses concerning issues relevant to the state’s case and critical to the defense and for failing to disqualify himself from the case. In the Matter of McClosky, Order (New Jersey Supreme Court February 24, 2012).
- The Tennessee Court of the Judiciary publicly reprimanded a judge for, while he was on military duty in Germany, allowing an individual not authorized by the Tennessee Supreme Court to sit as a substitute judge on several occasions and attempting to set bonds by e-mail. Letter to Bell (Tennessee Court of the Judiciary February 27, 2012).
- The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for interceding with the prosecutor, another judge, and law enforcement officials on behalf of the daughter of the woman with whom he was living after she was indicted on burglary charges. Public Admonition of Nicholds (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct February 8, 2012).