Throwback Thursday

25 years ago this month:

  • Accepting the recommendation of the Commission on Judicial Performance, the Mississippi Supreme Court removed a judge for (1) ticket fixing; (2) failing in over a dozen cases to sentence criminals in accordance with the statutes; (3) dismissing 7 misdemeanor cases without requiring the payment of court costs as required by statute; (4) failing to require the forfeiture of money seized in a gambling raid as required by statute; (5) amending a sentence after part of the sentence was served, in response to ex parte communications with the father of the defendant, and writing to the defendant’s employer that no charges were pending; (6) seeking favorable treatment for the defendants in 3 cases assigned to other judges; (7) on 27 occasions, ordering a party to pay a judgment in installments or partial payments and setting up a payment schedule and in some instances ordering payment within 5 days from judgment, preventing appeals; and (8) having the highway patrol officer the judge thought had filed a complaint about his ticket-fixing arrested for contempt for returning to the courthouse after leaving at the judge’s order. Commission on Judicial Performance v. Chinn, 611 So. 2d 849 (Mississippi 1992).
  • Pursuant to a stipulation, the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for tolerating inappropriate and disruptive demeanor and comments by defense counsel in a case, demonstrating a lack of patience and courtesy towards defense counsel, and making inappropriate comments to one of the defense counsel during another case. In re Bruhn, Stipulation and agreement (Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct August 7, 1992).



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