5 years ago this month:
- Approving a stipulation and the recommendation of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the Florida Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for (1) making a public statement at a symposium about a criminal case pending before him; (2) writing a letter to a newspaper about the race for the state attorney’s office; and (3) criticizing the state attorney’s office while presiding over 5 criminal cases. Inquiry Concerning Cohen (Florida Supreme Court January 21, 2014). The Court’s order does not describe the judge’s misconduct; this summary is based on the stipulation.
- The Minnesota Supreme Court publicly censured a former tax court judge for failing to issue timely decisions in 6 cases, making false certifications, and making false statements in his decisions about submission dates. Inquiry Concerning Perez, 843 N.W.2d 562 (Minnesota 2014).
- Based on the presentment of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, the New Jersey Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a former judge for egregious legal errors while presiding over a criminal trial. In the Matter of DiLeo, 83 A.3d 11 (New Jersey 2014).
- Granting petitions for review filed by a complainant, the Committee on Judicial Conduct and Disability of the U.S. Judicial Conference adopted and published an order of the 9th Circuit Judicial Council publicly reprimanded a former judge for a racist and political e-mail, particularly when coupled with the hundreds of other e-mails he regularly sent from his court e-mail account. In re Complaint of Judicial Misconduct (Cebull), 751 F.3d 611 (S. Judicial Conference Committee on Judicial Conduct and Disability 2014).