5 years ago this month:
- The California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished a judge for (1) delays of 320 days, 237 days, and 110 days in 3 matters in less than a year, (2) submission of 11 false salary affidavits, (3) failure as presiding judge to circulate a list of cases under submission, and (4) failure to respond to e-mails inquiring about submitted matters. In the Matter Concerning Kirihara, Decision and Order (California Commission on Judicial Performance May 16, 2012).
- Based on findings by a Board of Examining Officers supported by the judge’s admissions, the Delaware Court on the Judiciary removed a judge for advising a young female attorney in an e-mail how to prepare a memorandum in a case before him and hearing cases involving the attorney after developing and expressing romantic feelings for her. In re Henriksen, 70 A.3d 206 (Delaware Court on the Judiciary 2012).
- The Illinois Courts Commission suspended a judge for 60 days without pay for striking a parked car, then driving his damaged car from the scene at a high rate of speed, disobeying multiple stop signs, causing a 13-year-old girl to move away from the road quickly to avoid being struck, causing the police to wait when they arrived at his home, and being less than candid before the Commission. In re Popejoy, Order (Illinois Courts Commission May 9, 2012).
- Pursuant to a stipulation and agreement, the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly censured a former judge for (1) in an adoption proceeding, failing to return a child to the child’s biological parent, failing to recognize the mother’s right to revoke her consent, failing to provide the unrepresented biological parents with adequate information about obtaining counsel, and injecting the father’s immigration status into the matter and (2) displaying an impatient, undignified, and discourteous demeanor in a custody case. In the Matter of Poyfair, Stipulation, Agreement, and Order (Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct May 4, 2012).