10 years ago this month:
- The Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission publicly reprimanded a judge for failing in several cases to decide matters promptly and expediently and to report those delays. Letter of Reprimand (Keaton) (Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission January 16, 2009).
- Approving the recommendation of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the Florida Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for publicly attacking fellow judges by filing a petition for writ of mandamus in the district court of appeal. Inquiry Concerning Barnes, 2 So. 3d 166 (Florida 2009).
- In lieu of filing formal charges, the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications publicly admonished a judge for entertaining and granting an ex parte petition for temporary custody without prior notice to the custodial parent or an opportunity for her to be heard. Public Admonition of Banina (Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications January 20, 2009).
- Based on the recommendation of the Judiciary Commission, the Louisiana Supreme Court publicly censured a judge for (1) ordering defendants charged with drug offenses to pay money to private organizations without ascertaining whether the organizations met statutory requirements and (2) allowing an employee to take a second job with the federal government. In re Johnson, 1 So. 3d 425 (Louisiana 2009).
- Accepting the findings and recommendations of the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, the Ohio Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for asking an assistant prosecutor ex parte to prepare a sentencing order. Disciplinary Counsel v. Stuard, 901 N.E.2d 788 (Ohio 2009).
- Based on charges filed by the Judicial Conduct Board, the Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline suspended a judge from office for 3 months without pay for issuing a “stay-away” order at the request of an acquaintance without conducting an evidentiary hearing or providing notice to the defendant and making the order appear to be part of an official court proceeding. In re DeLeon, 967 A.2d 460 (Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline 2009).
- Based on stipulated facts in lieu of trial, the Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline publicly reprimanded a judge for asking for campaign contributions at a biker rally; the Court also ordered that the judge be on probation for 2 years. In re Singletary, 967 A.2d 1094 (Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline 2009).