10 years ago this month:
- Based on the recommendation of the Commission on Judicial Conduct to which the judge consented, the Arizona Supreme Court suspended a judge for 60 days without pay for arriving in the courtroom between 5 and 18 minutes after her calendar was scheduled to begin 20% of the time, blaming the clerks, and claiming the delays were caused by lost and incomplete files attributable to the relocation of her court; chastising staff in the administrative area; interrupting staff meetings to require administrators to look for files even when clerks were available; and criticizing clerks when files were not in order. In the Matter of McVay, Judgment and Order (Arizona Supreme Court September 25, 2007).
- The Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge who confronted a court employee in the public street and made a hand gesture in an accusatory manner and who used an obscene expletive in open court. Cornelio, Reprimand (Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct September 12, 2007).
- The Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge who had quashed an arrest warrant based on the ex parte request of an attorney while the attorney was representing him in proceedings before the Commission. Morales, Order (Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct September 28, 2007).
- The California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished a judge for 2 incidents in which he failed to be dignified, patient, and courteous with deputies from the county sheriff’s department. Public Admonishment of Westra (California Commission on Judicial Performance September 5, 2007).
- Granting a petition filed by the Commission on Judicial Standards based on stipulated findings of fact, the New Mexico Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for endorsing a mayor for re-election and authorizing the use of his name in an endorsement that was published in the local newspaper. Inquiry Concerning Vincent, 172 P.3d 605 (New Mexico 2007).
- Based on an agreed statement of facts, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly censured a judge who had gratuitously repeated a defendant’s inappropriate comments about his attorney’s physical appearance and repeatedly joked about the comments. In the Matter of Caplicki, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct September 26, 2007).
- Pursuant to the judge’s agreement, the North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission publicly reprimanded a judge for finding defendants in a summary ejectment action in civil contempt due to their inability to pay a $2,480 award and ordering the defendants confined until the money was paid. In re Roemer, Public Reprimand (North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission September 4, 2007).
- Accepting an agreement for discipline by consent, the South Carolina Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a former judge who had pled guilty to common law misconduct in office for coercing defendants to surrender money and property to the town in exchange for having their criminal charges dismissed. In the Matter of Stephens, 650 S.E.2d 849 (South Carolina 2007).