10 years ago this month:
- The Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for speaking loudly to the complainant in a sharp, rude manner and threatening him with contempt and arrest during a hearing involving the complainant’s wife. McCullar, Order (Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct February 2, 2010).
- Pursuant to a stipulation for discipline by consent, the California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly censured a former judge for revising a settlement agreement to provide that payment to the class representative and attorney would be made in gift certificates. Inquiry Concerning Klein, Decision and order (California Commission on Judicial Performance February 2, 2010).
- Approving a stipulation, the Florida Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for, during her 2008 campaign, using the term “re-elect” even though she had been appointed, not elected, and stating that she had 20 years of legal experience even though she had not been admitted to practice law until 1994. Inquiry Concerning Dempsey, 29 So. 3d 1030 (Florida 2010).
- Approving the recommendation of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the Florida Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for (1) revoking a defendant’s bond and imposing a higher bond to punish the defendant for exercising his right to file a motion to recuse and (2) impeding the ability of pro se petitioners in domestic violence injunction proceedings to obtain relief by being unduly rigid and formulaic. Inquiry Concerning Eriksson, 36 So. 3d 580 (Florida 2010).
- The Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards publicly reprimanded a judge who had pled guilty to the gross misdemeanor for failing to file personal state tax returns for 5 years. Public Reprimand of Venne (Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards February 17, 2010).
- Based on an agreed statement of facts and joint recommendation, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for a campaign letter that conveyed bias and the appearance of bias in favor of pistol permit holders and that misrepresented his authority over pistol permits. In re McGrath, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct February 5, 2010).
- The Ohio Supreme Court suspended a judge’s license to practice for 1 year for 2 convictions of disorderly conduct because of physical altercations with his girlfriend; the Court stayed the suspension with conditions. Disciplinary Counsel v. Russo, 923 N.E.2d 144 (Ohio 2010).
- Based on agreement, the South Carolina Supreme Court suspended a magistrate for 90 days without pay for failure to reconcile his accounts. In the Matter Hudson, 690 S.E.2d 72 (South Carolina 2010).
- Accepting an agreement for discipline by consent, the South Carolina Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a former magistrate for ticket-fixing. In the Matter of Woodham, 689 S.E.2d 605 (South Carolina 2010).