20 years ago this month:
- The California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly censured a former judge and barred him from receiving assignments, appointments, or references of work from any California state court for actions beginning with his arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol and culminating 5 months later with his arrest for riding a bicycle under the influence of alcohol, and included additional arrests for driving while intoxicated, appearing intoxicated at the courthouse, violating an emergency protective order his estranged wife had obtained, and being unavailable for work on 6 days in 4 months. Inquiry Concerning Bradley, Decision and Order (California Commission on Judicial Conduct June 3, 1999).
- Approving an agreed statement of facts, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly censured a judge for (1) identifying herself as a judge when stopped by a police officer and (2) presiding multiple times in court while under the influence of alcohol. In the Matter of Knott, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct June 11, 1999).
- Adopting the findings and conclusions of the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, the Ohio Supreme Court suspended a judge from the practice of law for 18 months (with the final 12 months stayed) and from his position as a judge for 6 months without pay for making derogatory remarks about court officers. Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Ferreri, 710 N.E.2d 1107 (Ohio 1999).
- Pursuant to a former judge’s consent, the South Carolina Supreme Court publicly reprimanded the former judge for several abuses of power and lying to investigators and banned him from seeking appointing to judicial office in the state without authorization. In the Matter of Wilder, 516 S.E.2d 927 (South Carolina 1999).
- Accepting an agreement, the South Carolina Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for allowing court assistants to sign their names to tickets and other orders. In the Matter of Sons, 517 S.E.2d 214 (South Carolina 1999).
- Pursuant to the judge’s consent, the Utah Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for his treatment of a traffic violation defendant and for ordering another defendant to take his stalking victim to dinner. Re Allredge, Order (Utah Supreme Court June 22, 1999).
- Pursuant to an agreement, the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a court commissioner for comments to a female employee. In re Aronow, Stipulation, agreement and order of admonishment (Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct June 4, 1999).
- Pursuant to an agreement, the Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly censured a judge for entering incorrect information in support of an order granting the court’s own motion to waive fees to facilitate the prompt service of an anti-harassment order she had entered. In re DuBois, Approval of stipulation agreement and order of censure (Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct June 4, 1999).