10 years ago this month:
- The Minnesota Supreme Court publicly censured a judge and suspended him from office without pay for 6 months for negotiating and obtaining a substantial fee reduction from his personal attorney while contemporaneously appointing her to provide mediation or related services in matters pending before him, at the litigants’ expense, without informing them that the attorney had represented him in his divorce. Inquiry into Blakely, 772 N.W.2d 516 (Minnesota 2009).
- Approving a joint motion for approval of the recommendation of the Commission on Judicial Performance, the Mississippi Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for an 11-month delay in deciding a motion for summary judgment in 1 case. Commission on Judicial Performance v. Agin, 17 So. 3d 578 (Mississippi 2009).
- Adopting the findings and recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, based on stipulations, the New Jersey Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for, during a video arraignment, engaging with the defendant in an adversarial manner and then imposing a 180-day jail sentence for contempt in the face of the court without allowing him the opportunity to respond or entering the appropriate order. In the Matter of Toth (New Jersey Supreme Court September 14, 2009).
- Based on an agreed statement of facts and joint recommendation, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a non-lawyer judge for failing to deposit, report, and remit court funds within the time required by law. In the Matter of Carver, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct September 30, 2009).
- Based on an agreed statement of facts and joint recommendation, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a non-lawyer judge for failing to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles to order the suspension of the driver’s licenses of 43 defendants who failed to appear or answer in the judge’s court, failing to certify to the DMV that he had convicted 16 defendants of traffic law violations, failing to report and remit to the state comptroller fines and fees in 20 vehicle and traffic cases, and failing to record and issue fine and fee receipts to defendants in 7 cases. In the Matter of Trickler, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct September 30, 2009).
- The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for (1) failing to ensure that his court staff was properly trained and adequately supervised, which resulted in long delays, poor customer service, rude and discourteous demeanor, and errors in numerous cases and (2) failing to obtain required judicial education. Public Admonition of Jones (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct September 9, 2009).