Throwback Thursday

5 months ago:

  • Accepting the recommendation of the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, which the judge did not contest, the Arkansas Supreme Court suspended a judge for 30 days without pay for his confrontation with his estranged wife and her male companion at a Walmart; the Court also ordered the judge to undergo anger management counseling with the Arkansas Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program and to write an apology letter. Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission v. Pope (Arkansas Supreme Court October 4, 2012).
  • The California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished a judge for violating the Political Reform Act during and after his campaign for judicial office. In the Matter Concerning Brehmer, Decision and order (California Commission on Judicial Performance October 25, 2012).
  • Pursuant to the judge’s agreement, the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission made public the fact but not the content of a private reprimand; the report states that the matter originated with news reports of the judge’s arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding. In re Wommack, Report of disposition (Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission October 3, 2012).
  • Accepting the recommendation of the Judicial Tenure Commission, to which the judge consented, the Michigan Supreme Court censured a judge for bringing “shame and obloquy” to the judiciary by his flippant manner in an interview with a reporter about a digital image of himself he had sent to others. In re McCree, 821 N.W.2d 674 (Michigan 2012).
  • Based on an agreed statement of fact and joint recommendation, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct censured a judge for disguising the source of funds received by her campaign to circumvent contribution limits imposed by law. In the Matter of Anderson, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct October 1, 2012).
  • Accepting findings of fact, conclusions of law, and the sanction recommendation of the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, the Ohio Supreme Court suspended a judge’s law license for 6 months for (1) using vulgar and intemperate language to litigants in his courtroom and (2) injecting himself into an administrative investigation by the police department and allowing his history of conflicts with the department to cloud his judgment; the Court stayed the sanction on the condition that the judge commit no misconduct during the suspension. Disciplinary Counsel v. Elum, 979 N.E.2d 289 (Ohio 2012).

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