Recent cases

  • Based on a stipulation for discipline by consent and the judge’s agreement to tender his irrevocable resignation effective December 5, 2017, and to not seek or hold judicial office in the state, the California Commission on Judicial Performance censured a judge for taking 2 business card holders from a club. Inquiry Concerning Williams, Decision and order (California Commission on Judicial Performance July 17, 2017).
  • The Michigan Supreme Court suspended a judge for 9 months without pay for interfering with a police investigation at the scene of an accident involving his intern, interfering with the prosecution of the intern, and making an intentional misrepresentation to the Judicial Tenure Commission. In re Simpson (Michigan Supreme Court July 25, 2017).
  • The Michigan Supreme Court publicly censured a judge for directing insulting, demeaning, and humiliating comments and gestures to 3 children during a contempt proceeding in a custody case. In re Gorcyca (Michigan Supreme Court July 28, 2017).
  • Based on a stipulation and agreement, the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for delay issuing decisions in 3 cases. In re Rawson, Stipulation, agreement, and order (Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct July 5, 2017).
  • The West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission publicly admonished a judge for signing an order that allowed a law school graduate who was not licensed in the state to practice in his court. In the Matter of O’Briant, Amended public admonishment (West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission July 5, 2017).

 

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