Throwback Thursday

25 years ago this month:

  • Accepting the recommendation of the Commission on Judicial Conduct, the Arizona Supreme Court suspended for 30 days without pay a judge who had been tardy in the conduct of court business, had repeatedly failed to timely decide cases, and had failed to competently, fairly, and diligently administer the day-to-day-operations of the court.  In re Braun, 883 P.2d 996 (Arizona 1994).
  • The Florida Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for (1) writing 2 letters to the editor of a local newspaper criticizing the criminal justice system and (2) holding a hearing on a child custody matter when he did not have jurisdiction, giving the mother notice only after the hearing began, and forcing her to act as her own attorney.  Inquiry Concerning Miller, 644 So. 2d 75 (Florida 1994).
  • The Florida Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for, while going over his case list with his partners before he took the bench, misrepresenting the merits of a case and later concealing from his partners that he had negotiated with the insurance company, reached a settlement, and received a fee.  Inquiry Concerning Davey, 645 So. 2d 398 (Florida 1994).
  • Approving the recommendation of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the Florida Supreme Court removed a judge for sexual harassment of a judicial assistant, engaging in ex parte communications, and intentional abuse directed toward a public defender.  In re McAllister, 646 So. 2d 173 (Florida 1994).
  • Pursuant to a stipulation, the Florida Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for authoring and mailing a letter on his official court stationery to a probation officer as a character witness and reference on behalf of a defendant.  Inquiry Concerning Stafford, 643 So. 2d 1067 (Florida 1994).
  • The Georgia Supreme Court suspended a former judge from the practice of law for 3 years for unwanted touching of a sexual nature of several women, including county employees, while a judge.  In the Matter of Brooks, 449 S.E.2d 87 (Georgia 1994).
  • The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for (1) in 2 cases, refusing to accept bail in cash and remanding the defendants to jail in lieu of bail, in violation of a statute; (2) in 1 case, setting restitution after soliciting and receiving information from the 2 ex parte, without holding a hearing, and refusing to hold a restitution hearing when requested by the defendant, in violation of a statute; and (3) being a member of the fire department’s fire police and directing traffic at the scenes of fires and accidents.  In the Matter of Miller, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct October 7, 1994).
  • Based on an agreed statement of facts, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly censured a judge for arraigning his son after the son’s arrest for assault.  In the Matter of Poli, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct October 7, 1994).
  • Pursuant to a stipulation and agreement, the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for, after assessing a fine of $10 for a defendant who had plead guilty to the theft of 2 packages of cigarettes from a store, deferring $9, giving the defendant $1 to pay the remainder of the fine, and stating that the store was more culpable than the defendant because of the health consequences of smoking.  In re Schillberg, Stipulation and Agreement and Order of Admonishment (Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct October 7, 1994).
  • The Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly censured and disqualified from future service as a judicial officer a former pro tem judge who had picked up a 12-year old who was hitch-hiking, taken the minor to his house overnight, and dropped the minor off by the side of the road the next morning.  In re Hatter, Commission Decision (Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct October 7, 1994).
  • Adopting the recommendations of the Judicial Hearing Board, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals publicly censured a former judge who had accepted a $5,000 campaign donation in cash in violation of state law.  In the Matter of Mendez, 450 S.E.2d 646 (West Virginia 1994).

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