20 years ago this month:
- Pursuant to the judge’s consent, the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications publicly admonished a judge for comments to the press about a pending investigation of over $8,000 missing from the court probation department funds. Statement of Admonition of Letsinger (Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications June 13, 1997).
- The Kentucky Supreme Court suspended a judge for 30 days for, as part of her campaign against the incumbent judge, distributing a campaign advertisement in a document designed to mislead voters into believing it was a newspaper and distributing a letter that referred to the incumbent’s sentence in a child abuse case and then stated, “Please join me in stopping the abuse and vote for a person who will let no one walk away before justice is served.” Summe v. Judicial Retirement and Removal Commission, 947 S.W.2d 42 (Kentucky 1997).
- The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct removed a judge who had improperly intervened on behalf of his daughter in 3 incidents. In the Matter of Chase, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct June 10, 1997).
- Accepting a judge’s stipulation consenting to the implementation of the findings of fact, conclusions of law, and order of the Judicial Conduct Commission, the Utah Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge who had had a large malpractice judgement entered against him for conduct as an attorney prior to appointment to bench, had filed for bankruptcy, and had answered “no” on his application for judicial appointment to questions asking whether he had ever been or was currently a defendant in a malpractice suit and whether he was currently the subject of an investigation that could result in civil or criminal action. Re Shumate, Order (Utah Supreme Court June 1, 1997).