Throwback Thursday

10 years ago this month:

  • Based on an agreement for discipline by consent, the Arizona Supreme Court publicly censured a judge for relating an inappropriate joke while chatting in the courtroom with a court clerk and another woman. Inquiry Concerning Tolby, Order (Arizona Supreme Court December 2, 2008).
  • The California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished a judge for her remarks in numerous criminal and domestic violence cases and for appearing to set distant trial dates in 2 cases to reflect her view that the cases should not be tried. Public Admonishment of Moruza (California Commission on Judicial Performance December 16, 2008).
  • Approving the recommendation of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the Florida Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a court of appeal judge for filing a concurring opinion in which he accused a fellow appellate judge of corruption based on unverified facts from outside the record and motivated by his dislike of the other judge. Inquiry Concerning Allen, 998 So.2d 557 (Florida 2008).
  • The Louisiana Supreme Court suspended a justice of the peace from office without pay until the end of his term for failing to resign when he became a candidate for the non-judicial office of police juror. In re Freeman, 995 So. 2d 1197 (Louisiana 2008).
  • The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court publicly reprimanded a former judge for sending 2 letters on judicial stationery to the publisher of the Boston Herald after a $2 million jury verdict in a libel suit against the newspaper in the judge’s favor. In the Matter of Murphy, 897 N.E.2d 1220 (Massachusetts 2008).
  • Based on a settlement agreement, the Michigan Supreme Court censured a judge and suspended her from office for 90 days without pay for driving while intoxicated. In re Steenland, 758 N.W.2d 254 (Michigan 2008).
  • The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for, while a candidate for another court, personally soliciting the support of 2 attorneys who were in the courthouse and about to appear before her. In the Matter of Yacknin, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct December 29, 2008).
  • Based on an agreed statement of facts and joint recommendation, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for threatening to hold an agency and 2 police investigators in contempt after the investigators took into custody a litigant from the courtroom’s waiting area. In the Matter of Shkane, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct December 29, 2008).
  • The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a court of appeals judge for allowing his acrimonious relationship with his fellow justices to influence his conduct and judgment and failing to treat those with whom he interacted in an official capacity, including court personnel, in a patient, dignified, and courteous manner. Public Admonition of Gray (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct December 18, 2008).
  • The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for (1) campaign finance violations of the Texas Election Code and the Texas Penal Code and (2) pleading guilty to tampering with a government docket. Public Reprimand of Abascal (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct December 18, 2008).
  • The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for following a driver who cut his car off, requesting that she appear in his court, admonishing her from the bench, and directing the bailiff to issue a citation after becoming annoyed with her father. Public Admonition of Boyett (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct December 18, 2009).
  • Pursuant to a stipulation and agreement, the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for telling an assistant city attorney, “Hey, shut up. Lower your voice,” and interrupting a defense attorney’s and yelling at her in front of her client, “Shut up.  I’m telling you to shut up.”  In the Matter of Hurtado, Stipulation agreement and order (Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct December 5, 2008).
  • The Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for (1) yelling a profanity at the city chief of police and yelling in anger at the court administrator and a court employee; (2) taking action to enforce a policy that restricted the courthouse activities of a city employee, which gave the impression that the judge was retaliating against him for complaining about a comment by the judge; (3) making comments to court staff that could reasonably be perceived as intimidating, including communicating that he would terminate them and replace them with clerks from the superior court, questioning why a clerk would challenge his authority, noting “all the dead bodies” in his court, and raising his voice and slamming his office door; and (4) making jokes and comments to court staff that were or that could reasonably be perceived to be inappropriate, including, commenting about another judge’s alleged personal issues, referring to a former judge as a “moron,” and criticizing other judges, attorneys, and staff in derogatory terms. In the Matter of Morgan, Stipulation agreement and order (Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct December 5, 2008).

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