25 years ago this month:
- The Idaho Supreme Court suspended a judge for 3 months without pay for habitual intemperance, abuse of alcohol, and driving under the influence of alcohol and imposed conditions on the judge, violation of which could result in his removal. Judicial Council v. Becker, 834 P.2d 290 (Idaho 1992).
- Affirming the decision of the Commission on Judicial Discipline, the Nevada Supreme Court removed a judge for abusing his contempt power 6 times, demonstrating a long-standing pattern. Goldman v. Commission on Judicial Discipline, 830 P.2d 107 (Nevada 1992).
- Following the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, the New Jersey Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a municipal court judge who had (1) dealt inappropriately with a defendant who was talking in the courtroom, (2) trivialized another defendant’s right to counsel, and (3) implemented an inappropriate system for handling tardy defendants, which resulted in a defendant charged with violating a parking ordinance being hand-cuffed to a bench in the police station for several hours. In the Matter of Bozarth, 604 A.2d 100 (New Jersey 1992).
- The New York Court of Appeals censured a judge for improperly committing 24 defendants without bail although he knew that the law required that bail be set. In the Matter of LaBelle, 591 N.E.2d 1156 (New York 1992).
- Based on a stipulation, the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct admonished a judge for attempting to secure funds for a former client by communicating with an attorney for the other party in the matter. In re the Matter of Slusher, Stipulation and Agreement (Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct April 3, 1992).
- Adopting the findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendation of a judicial conduct panel, the Wisconsin Supreme Court suspended for 2 years without pay a judge who on at least 2 occasions went into court armed with a concealed and loaded revolver; on 2 occasions, placed that revolver in the wastebasket near the bench in his courtroom and forgot it so that the revolver was discovered by maintenance staff; and during 14 court proceedings, was loud, angry, impatient, discourteous, intemperate, or lacking in dignity or decorum. In the Matter of Breitenbach, 482 N.W.2d 54 (Wisconsin 1992).
- Following the recommendation of the Judicial Hearing Board, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals publicly admonished a judge for making an ex parte telephone call to the president of one of the corporate parties in a case. In the Matter of Kaufman, 416 S.E.2d 480 (West Virginia 1992).