Throwback Thursday

25 years ago this month:

  • Accepting the recommendation of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the Georgia Supreme Court removed a magistrate from office for her handling of a dispute with the sheriff and county board.  Inquiry Concerning O’Neal, 454 S.E.2d 780 (Georgia 1995).
  • The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct removed a non-lawyer judge for handling 365 cases, including committing defendants to jail in 36 cases, without successfully completing the training course required by statute before he could assume the duties of office.  In the Matter of Yusko, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 7, 1995).
  • The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly censured a judge for presiding while intoxicated and, in 2 small claims cases, entering judgements based on his conversations with litigants outside of court.  In the Matter of Bradigan, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 10, 1995).
  • Pursuant to an agreed statement of facts, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly censured a judge for, at a number of arraignments, failing to advise the defendants of their rights, and, in 7 cases involving defendants charged with patronizing a prostitute, eliciting potentially incriminating statements, making remarks that presumed guilt, and making sarcastic and inappropriate statements.  In the Matter of Austria, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 10, 1995).
  • The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for dismissing a series of cases without according the prosecutor the opportunity to be heard and, in 3 cases, initiating and considering ex parte communications on the merits.  In the Matter of More, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 13, 1995).
  • The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for, after receiving an inquiry from the Commission concerning his handling of a criminal case, telling the defendant in that case to lie to the Commission.  In the Matter of Menard, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 13, 1995).
  • The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals publicly reprimanded a judge for giving ex parte advice to an assistant prosecuting attorney about an on-going criminal trial.  In the Matter of Starcher, 457 S.E.2d 147 (West Virginia 1995).

 

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