Throwback Thursday

25 years ago this month:

  • The California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly reproved a judge for (1) executing a detention, search, and warrant check of citizens lawfully present in his courtroom and subjecting them to unwarranted personal searches; (2) criticizing a jury for its verdict, improperly detaining the jurors after their verdict, and requiring them to sit through a hearing that appeared calculated to punish the jury and humiliate the defendant; and (3) granting a new trial on the grounds of prosecutorial misconduct after the prosecution and defense refused his request to add, “It is further stipulated that Judge Steven Hintz committed no legal error or ethical breach in the trial” to their stipulation granting a new trial. Letter to Hintz (California Commission on Judicial Performance May 29, 1992).
  • The Pennsylvania Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a supreme court justice for providing an ex parte tip to a common pleas court judge about possible bankruptcy fraud in a case pending before the judge. In the Matter of Larsen, 616 A.2d 529 (Pennsylvania 1992).


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