Throwback Thursday

20 years ago this month:

  • Pursuant to an agreement, the California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished a judge for committing fraud during settlement negotiations in a suit in which he was party. Inquiry Concerning Blackwell, Decision & Order (California Commission on Judicial Performance February 23, 1999).
  • The California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly censured a judge for denying due process in a civil trial, argumentative questioning of a minor in a contempt proceeding, and labeling a lawyer “unethical and dishonest.” Inquiry Concerning Broadman, Decision & Order (California Commission on Judicial Performance February 26, 1999).
  • Affirming the recommendation of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the Florida Supreme Court removed a judge from office for mishandling an appeal before becoming a judge, back-dating the certificate of service on a brief, making serious and substantial falsehoods in a deposition she gave in the malpractice suit arising out of her mishandling of the appeal, overcharging her client and misrepresenting to her client how much work she performed on the appeal, depositing some of the cash payments from the client into her own operating account and spending the money rather than depositing it into a trust account, and failing to advise parties when an attorney who was representing her in the pending, personal civil litigation appeared before her. In re Ford-Kaus, 730 So. 2d 269 (Florida 1999).
  • The Mississippi Supreme Court privately reprimanded a judge for inappropriately remarking to a deputy clerk that he noticed that she checked out men. Commission on Judicial Performance v. Justice Court Judge R.R., 732 So. 2d 224 (Mississippi 1999).
  • Pursuant to the presentment filed by the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, the New Jersey Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a retired judge for driving while intoxicated. In the Matter of D’Ambrosio, 723 A.2d 943 (New Jersey February 1999).

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