20 years ago this month:
- The California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished a judge for sentencing a litigant to 5 days in jail for contempt after ordering her from the courtroom, without citing her for contempt, having her returned to the courtroom, following the required procedures, or entering an order that stated facts sufficient to constitute a contempt as required by law. Public Admonishment of Guy-Schall (California Commission on Judicial Performance October 13, 1999).
- Adopting factual stipulations in a proposed disposition, the California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished a judge for 9 incidents in which he failed to respect the rights of unrepresented individuals. Inquiry Concerning Henne, Decision and Order (California Commission on Judicial Performance October 13, 1999).
- Approving the findings and recommendations of the investigative panel of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the Florida Supreme Court publicly reprimanded and suspended for 10 days a judge who knew about a theft from a restaurant but attempted to hinder investigating law enforcement. Inquiry Concerning Wilson, 750 So. 2d 631 (Florida 1999).
- Pursuant to the recommendation of the Commission on Judicial Qualifications, the Indiana Supreme Court publicly reprimanded an attorney for, during her candidacy for judge, making knowing misrepresentations about the incumbent judge’s judicial record and failing to maintain the dignity appropriate to the judicial office and act in a manner consistent with the integrity and independence of the judiciary. In the Matter of Bybee, 716 N.E.2d 957 (Indiana 1999).
- The Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards publicly reprimanded a judge for (1) taking possession of certain assets at the request of a friend, knowing or having reason to know that the assets were subject to litigation in another jurisdiction; (2) serving as a director of a business entity and as a trustee on behalf of a non-family member, and accepting payment for those services; (3) failing to report extra-judicial income; (4) accepting judicial pay for time not engaged in official judicial business; and (5) failing to cooperate with the Board’s investigation and making misrepresentations to the Board’s representatives. Public Reprimand of Ballard (Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards October 13, 1999).
- Agreeing with the determination of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, the New York Court of Appeals removed a part-time judge from office for (1) making inappropriate, obscene, and sexist remarks about another judge in the course of his judicial duties, (2) refusing to deal with more than 100 cases over 8 months, (3) permitting an attorney with whom he shared office space, a business telephone, and mailing address to appear before him in 6 criminal cases over 5 years without disclosing the relationship, (4) permitting a private individual to sit at the bench and make ex parte recommendations about sentencing, and (5) representing his former court clerk in her action against the town in which he served as a judge. In the Matter of Assini, 720 N.E.2d 882 (New York 1999).
- Pursuant to a stipulation and agreement, the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a part-time judge for making financial contributions to the campaign of 2 non-judicial candidates for public office. In re Michels, Stipulation, Agreement, and Order of Admonishment (Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct October 1, 1999).