Throwback Thursday

25 years ago this month:

  • The Arizona Supreme Court suspended until the end of his term without pay a judge who had used profane expressions in a case and said “f***ing n***ers” during an in-chambers argument referring to a defendant who had argued that his conviction should be vacated because the state used or failed to use peremptory strikes on the basis of race. In re Goodfarb, 880 P.2d 620 (Arizona 1994).
  • The South Carolina Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a magistrate for improperly issuing arrest warrants for uttering fraudulent checks at the request of an individual who was engaged in an illegal loan operation and was essentially using the magistrate to collect on the illegal loans. In the Matter of Ward, 448 S.E.2d 546 (South Carolina 1994).
  • The South Carolina Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a former judge, who, while a judge, had, in his capacity as a trustee of an estate, deeded all of the decedent’s interests in certain real property to himself and fraudulently induced the widow to convey her interest in the property to him, mortgaged 2 of the properties and used the loan proceeds for his own use, and submitted a financial accounting to the probate court that had materially false and fraudulent entries. In the Matter of Parker, 437 S.E.2d 37 (South Carolina 1993).
  • Based on a stipulation and agreement, the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge who was rude to a defendant during a hearing in a case, calling him names such as “smart aleck,” telling him to “shut up before you go to jail,” and lecturing him on being a loser. In re Thronson, Stipulation and agreement and order of admonishment (Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct August 5, 1994).


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