5 years ago this month:
- Pursuant to a finding allowing for discretionary disclosure, the Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct made public a letter privately warning a judge regarding his web-site and other self-promotional activity. Jayne, Order (Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct August 22, 2014).
- The Hawaii Supreme Court suspended a former judge from the practice of law for 120 days for altering 10 judicial determinations of probable cause documents. In the Matter of DesJardins (Hawaii Supreme Court August 21, 2014).
- Based on an amended consent-to-discipline agreement, the Ohio Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge based on his arrest and no contest plea to charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and impeding the roadway. Ohio State Bar Association v. Corrigan, 17 N.E.3d 553 (Ohio 2014).
- Based on an agreement for discipline by consent, the South Carolina Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a former judge who had been convicted on charges that, in return for sexual contact, he gave 2 women money and/or other benefits for the handling and disposition of matters involving them. In the Matter of Ferguson, 762 S.E.2d 385 (South Carolina 2014).
- The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for (1) granting a receiver in a divorce case non-delegable judicial powers and (2) making a disproportionately high percentage of indigent court appointments to 1 attorney, contrary to the Texas Fair Defense Act and the county indigent defense plan; the Commission also ordered the judge to obtain 4 hours of instruction with a mentor judge. Public Admonition of Gonzalez (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct August 26, 2014).