20 years ago this month:
- Reviewing a recommendation of the Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability, the Oregon Supreme Court suspended a judge for 6 months without pay for (1) using his judicial assistant’s work time and other public resources to conduct personal and campaign-related business and (2) using his official position to obtain an advantage in corresponding with persons and entities regarding disputes. Inquiry Concerning Gallagher, 951 P.2d 705 (Oregon 1998).
- Adopting the recommendations of the Judicial Hearing Board, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals publicly admonished a supreme court justice for, during his campaign, authoring, typing, signing, and personally sending a letter asking for an endorsement to individuals on a committee of a county labor council. In the Matter of Starcher, 501 S.E.2d 772 (West Virginia 1998).