20 years ago this month:
- The Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission publicly admonished a judge for delaying a decision in a case for approximately 2 years. Admonition of Keaton (Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission September 22, 1998).
- The Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission imposed an informal adjustment on a judge for presiding over a trial in which one of the litigants was represented by an attorney who leased office space in a building owned by the judge and his wife without disclosing the relationship. Informal Adjustment of Ford (Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission September 22, 1998).
- Approving a stipulation, the Florida Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for (1) making numerous rude and improper remarks in 6 cases; (2) refusing to recuse himself in 4 cases until the party filed a petition for writ of prohibition or the court of appeal granted the party’s petition; (3) in 1 case when he did recuse himself, going beyond the legal sufficiency of the recusal motion and making derogatory comments about counsel who filed the motion; and (4) making comments in 2 cases that the parties perceived to be rude and insensitive and that caused them humiliation and embarrassment. In re Wood, 720 So. 2d 506 (Florida 1998).
- Approving the report of the hearing panel of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the Florida Supreme Court removed a former judge for (1) virtually abandoning her law practice and neglecting several client matters while she ran for county court judge; (2) giving inaccurate, incomplete, and misleading testimony in a domestic violence proceeding against her ex‑husband; and (3) in her dissolution of marriage action, failing to produce the tapes when ordered by the court to do so and failing to provide a sufficient reason for her failure. Inquiry Concerning Hapner, 718 So. 2d 785 (Florida 1998).
- Accepting the recommendation of the Commission on Judicial Performance, the Mississippi Supreme Court removed a judge from office for using his position to benefit a corporation, engaging in the practice of law, engaging in ex parte communications, and being financially and legally involved in a matter pending before him. Commission on Judicial Performance v. Jenkins, 725 So. 2d 162 (Mississippi 1998).
- Accepting the recommendation of the Commission on Judicial Performance, the Mississippi Supreme Court removed a judge from office for engaging in ex parte communications; demonstrating outrageous, erratic conduct and hostile demeanor toward litigants, court staff, witnesses, lawyers, and others; failing to perform his duties, and sexually harassing court staff. Commission on Judicial Performance v. Spencer, 725 So. 2d 171 (Mississippi 1998).