Throwback Thursday

10 years ago this month:

  • The Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for taking action in a case after being disqualified. Lusk, Order (Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct April 7, 2009).
  • Accepting a stipulation for discipline by consent, the California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly censured a judge for routinely leaving the courthouse for the day before noon and after the conclusion of his calendar without receiving authorization from or notifying his supervising judges; the judge also agreed to tender his irrevocable resignation effective October 2, 2009. Inquiry Concerning Sheldon, Decision and Order (California Commission on Judicial Performance April 15, 2009).
  • The Tennessee Court of the Judiciary publicly reprimanded a judge for a delay of 7 years, 5 months, and 21 days in ruling on a petition for post-conviction relief in a capital case. Public Letter to Reprimand of Blackett (Tennessee Court of the Judiciary April 17, 2009).
  • The Tennessee Court of the Judiciary publicly reprimanded a judge for statements about court employees made in open court or the public areas of the clerk’s office. Public Letter of Reprimand to Walton (Tennessee Court of the Judiciary April 13, 2009).
  • Adopting the findings and recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, which the judge accepted, the New Jersey Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for driving while intoxicated. In the Matter of Jones, Order (New Jersey Supreme Court April 2, 2009). The Court’s order does not describe the judge’s conduct; the summary is based on the Committee’s presentment.
  • The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly warned a justice of the peace for her refusal to accept a forcible detainer action; the Commission also ordered her to obtain 4 hours of instruction with a mentor in addition to her required judicial education. Public Warning of Valadez and Order of Additional Education (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct April 27, 2009).
  • Based on a stipulation and agreement, the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for her practice of obtaining witness signatures for marriages from court staff and others who had not witnessed the ceremony. In the Matter of Kato, Stipulation, Agreement and Order (Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct April 10, 2009).
  • Based on a stipulation and agreement, the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for failing to properly advise criminal defendants of their constitutional and procedural rights, including the right to counsel, at arraignment and probation review hearings; failing to properly accept guilty pleas; failing to record all hearings; and failing to use qualified interpreters. In the Matter of Mendoza, Stipulation, Agreement, and Order (Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct April 10, 2009).

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