Throwback Thursday

25 years ago this month:

  • In a letter issued with the judge’s consent, the California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly reproved a judge for deflating a tire on a van parked in his parking space at the courthouse. Letter to Slater (California Commission on Judicial Performance September 13, 1993).
  • Affirming the recommendation of the Commission on Judicial Performance, the Mississippi Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge and fined him $5,000 for failing to resign from his judicial office while running for the office of circuit clerk. Commission on Judicial Performance v. Ishee, 627 So. 2d 283 (Mississippi 1993).
  • Accepting the recommendations of the Commission on Judicial Performance based on stipulated facts, the Mississippi Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for failing to pay part of a hospital bill and his involvement in a dispute about the sale or trade of a car. Commission on Judicial Performance v. Cantrell, 624 So. 2d 94 (Mississippi 1993).
  • The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct removed a judge for (1) during a break in a case, stating that he recalled a time when it was safe for young women to walk the streets “before the blacks and Puerto Ricans moved here” in order to hurt an attorney in the case whom the judge believed was Hispanic and who was involved in a controversy with the judge’s friend, another judge; (2) making comments indicating that he had ruled against a part-time judge’s law firm after the part-time judge had found a driver who had been in an accident with the judge not guilty in the traffic case arising out of the accident; and (3) failing to keep adequate records of the disposition of more than 600 criminal cases and to take prompt action to remedy the inadequate records or remit surplus money despite repeated requests to do so from his court clerk and from the police chief. In the Matter of Schiff, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct September 15, 1993).
  • The South Carolina Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a former magistrate who had pled guilty to embezzlement of public funds. In the Matter of Carmichael, 437 S.E.2d 63 (South Carolina 1993).
  • The South Carolina Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a former judge who had been convicted for conspiracy to commit extortion and extortion under color of official right, had pled guilty to conspiracy and possession of cocaine, and had entered a plea of nolo contendere to other charges relating to the knowing and intentional possession of cocaine. In the Matter of Ferguson, 437 S.E.2d 72 (South Carolina 1993).

 

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