5 years ago this month:
- The Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for making false and/or misleading statements during her election campaign. Segal (Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct November 12, 2014).
- Pursuant to an agreement, the Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission publicly censured a judge for prejudicial and harassing statements against his opponent and his opponent’s supporters during his campaign for a different judicial office. Letter of censure (Martin) (Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission November 21, 2014).
- The California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished a judge for making denigrating and undignified comments to family law litigants, most of whom were unrepresented, in 6 cases and, in 1 of the cases, attempting to influence another judicial officer’s handling of an arrest warrant. In the Matter of Healy, Decision and order (California Commission on Judicial Performance November 5, 2014).
- Approving a stipulation, the Florida Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for an “inappropriate relationship” with her bailiff, over whom she exercised supervisory authority. Inquiry Concerning Flood, 150 So. 3d 1097 (Florida 2014).
- Granting the recommendation of the Judicial Tenure Commission, to which the judge consented, the Michigan Supreme Court suspended a judge for 90 days without pay and publicly censured him for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. In re Tabbey, 856 N.W.2d 29 (Michigan 2014).
- Adopting the findings and recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, the New Jersey Supreme Court suspended a judge for 1 month without pay for soliciting an attorney for legal counsel in a personal matter even though she knew the attorney was counsel of record in 2 matrimonial matters over which she was presiding, failing to immediately recuse from those matters, and aiding or passively complying with the attorney’s concealment of the conflict. In the Matter of Appleby, Order (New Jersey Supreme Court November 5, 2014).
- The Ohio Supreme Court suspended a former judge from the practice of law for 6 months for dismissing with a false journal entry a ticket received by an attorney who was representing him in lawsuits and trying to cover up his misconduct. Disciplinary Council v. Hale, 26 N.E.3d 785 (Ohio 2014).
- The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for (1) using his title and court resources to advance his church’s toy drive and (2) routinely dismissing traffic citations without a motion from the state in exchange for a $20 dismissal fee. Public Reprimand of Nicholds and Order of Additional Education (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct November 18, 2014).