Throwback Thursday  

5 years ago this month:

  • The Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for describing a pro se criminal defendant’s legal arguments as “stupid” and “screwy” and stating to him, “If you don’t like it, move to Mexico.” Holt, Order (Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct May 31, 2013).
  • Pursuant to the judge’s agreement, the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission publicly reprimanded a judge for (1) directing that a subpoena duces tecum be issued to provide an audio tape recording of a traffic stop and documentation, reviewing the tapes, and relying on them to deny a motion to suppress and (2) directing his case coordinator to contact another court to inquire about a prior conviction and proof of representation. Letter of Reprimand to Crow (Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission May 17, 2013).
  • Pursuant to the judge’s agreement, the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission publicly censured a judge for filing a complaint with the Committee on Professional Conduct against a public defender after the public defender had filed a complaint against him with the Commission. Letter of Censure to Crow (Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission May 17, 2013).
  • Pursuant to the judge’s agreement, the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission publicly reprimanded a judge for calling a criminal defendant a racist and saying “there goes another angry black man” as the defendant left the courtroom. Letter of Reprimand to Batton (Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission May 17, 2013).
  • Pursuant to the judge’s agreement, the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission disclosed that it had privately reprimanded a judge but not disclose the content of the reprimand; the report of disposition notes that the Commission had received complaints about inappropriate campaign activities by the judge on behalf of his son, a candidate for chief magistrate judge. In re Smith, Report of Disposition (Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission May 21, 2013).
  • Accepting a recommendation of the Judicial Tenure Commission based on stipulated facts, the Michigan Supreme Court suspended a judge from office for 30 days without pay and publicly censured him for (1) remanding an attorney he had found in contempt to the custody of the sheriff’s department without providing direction as to how they should transport him and (2) making comments to the attorney that were improper and failing to be patient and dignified toward the attorney. In re Post, 830 N.W.2d 365 (Michigan 2013).
  • Based on a stipulation, the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline publicly reprimanded a judge for taking possession of 2 pieces of heavy equipment that he knew were subject to a court order in a divorce case that prohibited the ex-husband, who was dating the judge’s court clerk, from disposing of community property and making misrepresentations to the Commission investigator. In the Matter of Graham, Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, Imposition of Discipline (Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline May 17, 2013).
  • Adopting the Judicial Conduct Commission’s findings, conclusions, and proposed sanctions, based on stipulations, the Utah Supreme Court publicly censured a judge for exceeding the statutory salary cap for justice court judges employed by more than 1 municipality; the Court also ordered him to repay the excess salary. In re Christensen, 304 P.3d 835 (Utah 2013).
  • Based on a stipulation and agreement, the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for (1) signing bench warrants in cases in which he had been disqualified and (2) making a comment that created the appearance he had relied on unsolicited factual assertions from a court clerk when imposing a sentence and revoking bail without disclosing the ex parte communications. In re Porter, Stipulation, Agreement, and Order (Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct May 10, 2013).
  • Based on a stipulation and agreement, the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a former judge who identified himself as a judge to a law enforcement officer and mentioned several times that he had been with another judge earlier in the evening. In re Ryan, Stipulation, Agreement, and Order (Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct May 10, 2013).

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