Throwback Thursday

25 years ago this month:

  • Adopting the recommendation of the Judicial Qualifications Commission based on a stipulation, the Florida Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge who, during a hearing in open court, displayed a handgun and loaded it, questioned an unruly and threatening defendant, and then kept the loaded handgun in a zippered pouch on the bench. Inquiry Concerning Fleet, 610 So. 2d 1282 (Florida 1992).
  • Adopting the recommendations and findings of the Judicial Tenure Commission based on a stipulation and the judge’s consent, the Michigan Supreme Court publicly censured a judge who, after being denied access to a flight because he and his wife were not at the gate on time, was verbally abusive to the airline representative and grasped her braided hair when she turned to walk away, causing her head to jerk backwards. In the Matter of O’Brien, 494 N.W.2d 459 (Michigan 1992).
  • Adopting the recommendations and findings of the Judicial Tenure Commission based on a stipulation and the judge’s consent, the Michigan Supreme Court publicly censured a judge who made 7 harassing and obscene telephone calls to a man regarding the man’s relationship with the judge’s ex-wife and became involved in a verbal and physical altercation with the man in public. In the Matter of Thomas, 494 N.W.2d 458 (Michigan 1992).
  • Adopting in part the recommendation of the Judicial Hearing Board, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals publicly censured a judge who had appeared on a nation-wide television program, and discussed specific facts and issues of a child custody case in which he had presided when an appeal from his decisions was pending. In the Matter of Hey, 425 S.E.2d 221 (West Virginia 1992).

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