20 years ago this month:
- The Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission publicly admonished a judge for telling a litigant who was in his office, “I’m tired of lying sons of b****es telling lies on me,” which was a reference to a complaint the litigant had filed against him, and, in a second case, shouting at an attorney in his office, “I do not have time to teach you law. What are you looking at me like that for? Am I speaking Chinese?” Letter to Davis (Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission January 24, 2000). The Commission also required the judge to attend anger management counseling.
- The California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished a judge for inappropriate conduct toward female court employees, including suggestive sexual references and unconsented kissing. Inquiry Concerning Gibson, Decision and Order (California Commission on Judicial Performance January 28, 2000).
- Pursuant to the recommendation of the Judiciary Commission, the Louisiana Supreme Court removed a judge from office for (1) abusing his contempt power 3 times, (2) banning a prosecutor from his courtroom and then dismissing 41 cases when the prosecutor did not appear, (3) participating in a case as counsel for 4 years after becoming a judge, and (4) deliberately disobeying orders of the administrative judge. In re Jefferson, 753 So. 2d 181 (Louisiana 2000).
- The Missouri Supreme Court suspended a judge for the remainder of his term for (1) writing an “open letter,” published in a local newspaper, that implored citizens to support the police chief in a dispute with the mayor, (2) ordering a blanket reduction in fines and release of prisoners to compel the payment of his health insurance, and (3) failing to recuse from a case involving the daughter of the mayor with whom he was feuding. In re Hill, 8 S.W.2d 578 (Missouri 2000).
- Based on an agreed statement of facts and joint recommendation, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for (1) presiding over a traffic case in which the defendant was his niece, and (2) issuing a criminal summons when a defendant in a small claims case failed to make a payment on a judgement. In the Matter of Bishop, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct January 10, 2000).