Recent cases

  • With the judge’s consent, in lieu of filing formal disciplinary proceedings, the Indiana Judicial Qualifications Commission admonished a judge for participating in an ex parte hearing at which the clerk of court was banned from the courthouse without providing the clerk with notice of the purpose of the hearing or the opportunity to obtain counsel. Public Admonition of Barry (Indiana Judicial Qualifications Commission June 28, 2017).
  • The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ordered that a former probate judge forfeit $5,000 and be suspended from the practice of law in Maine for 2 years for (1) directing that 7 attorneys not be included on the appointments list; (2) removing an attorney from cases to which she had previously been appointed; (3) ordering the destruction of a lawfully obtained public document; (4) issuing orders urging litigants before him to lobby for increased court time; and (5) personally soliciting campaign contributions. In the Matter of Nadeu (Maine Supreme Judicial Court June 20, 2017).
  • Based on a settlement agreement and stipulated findings of fact and conclusions of law, the Michigan Supreme Court suspended a judge for 6 months without pay and publicly censured him for sexually harassing his judicial secretary. In re Iddings (Michigan Supreme Court July 6, 2017).
  • Accepting an agreed statement of facts and recommendation, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct admonished a judge for (1) invoking her judicial title and position in a letter she wrote on behalf of her childhood babysitter to be filed in connection with a motion to vacate her conviction and (2) writing 2 affirmations on behalf of her son to be filed in the appellate division in connection with his criminal case. In the Matter of Ramirez, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct May 4, 2017).
  • Based on the report of a referee following a hearing, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct censured a non-lawyer judge for seeking special consideration from court officials in connection with an acquaintance’s traffic ticket. In the Matter of Aluzzi, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct June 26, 2017).

 

 

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