25 years ago this month:
- Accepting the recommendation of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the Florida Supreme Court removed a judge for shoplifting a VCR device from a Target Store. Inquiry Concerning Garrett, 613 So. 2d 463 (Florida 1993).
- Agreeing with the findings and conclusions of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the Georgia Supreme Court forever prohibited a former judge from holding judicial office based on his guilty plea to driving under the influence and his conviction for malpractice in office for illegally removing more than $15,000 in county funds from the magistrate’s court. Inquiry Concerning Campbell, 426 S.E.2d 552 (Georgia 1993).
- Adopting the recommendation of the Judicial Tenure Commission, the Michigan Supreme Court removed a judge for (1) jailing the superintendent of a youth center for refusing to obey his order, which conflicted with the chief judge’s directive; (2) intemperate conduct to court personnel and insisting that his secretary/court reporter also treat them intemperately; (3) willful neglect of the adoption docket and refusal to respond to requests by the administrative office; and (4) failing to file reports on undecided matters as required by court rules. In the Matter of Seitz, 495 N.W.2d 559 (Michigan 1993).
- Approving a joint recommendation based on an agreed statement of facts, the Mississippi Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge and fined him $400 for (1) refusing to hear scheduled cases on 2 different days; (2) dismissing 8 tickets without conducting any hearings or notifying the officers who issued the citations; (3) twice dismissing speeding violations that were assigned to another judge; and (4) in an ex parte communication with a traffic violator, accepting a guilty plea and quoting a fine that was $15 less than the normal fine. Commission on Judicial Performance v. Gunn, 614 So. 2d 387 (Mississippi 1993).
- Concurring in the recommendation of the Commission on Retirement, Removal and Discipline, the Missouri Supreme Court removed a judge for lack of competence to handle the duties of the office. In re Baber, 847 S.W.2d 800 (Missouri 1993).
- The Vermont Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a family court judge and directed that he not be allowed to sit in family court for 2 years for failing to display patience, dignity, and courtesy to litigants, witnesses, and attorneys. In re O’Dea, 622 A.2d 507 (Vermont 1993).