Throwback Thursday

10 years ago this month:

  • The Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for failing to be patient, dignified, and courteous to litigants.  Addington, Order (Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct March 16, 2010).
  • The Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission publicly admonished a judge for dismissing a DWI charge for a relative within the 3rd degree after it was determined and agreed that the state could not prove the charge.  Re Johnson, Letter of Admonishment (Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission March 19, 2010).
  • The Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission publicly admonished a judge for granting a writ of error coram nobis to facilitate the testimony of a witness whose criminal case had been closed to support the prosecution in a separate pending criminal case.  Re Sims, Letter of Admonishment (Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission March 19, 2010.
  • Pursuant to a statement of circumstances and conditional agreement for discipline, the Indiana Supreme Court suspended a judge without pay for 60 days for, during an investigation into a shooting at her home, asking a law enforcement officer to dispose of potential evidence; the Court also ordered the judge to disqualify herself for 1 year from any cases in which any of the witnesses who appeared for the state at her criminal trial are involved and to satisfy therapeutic treatment and reporting requirements.  In the Matter of Koethe, 922 N.E.2d 613 (Indiana 2010).
  • The Mississippi Supreme Court removed a former judge from office following his guilty plea to charges of obstructing, influencing, and impeding an official federal corruption investigation and grand jury proceeding.  Commission on Judicial Performance v. DeLaughter, 29 So.3d 750 (Mississippi 2010).
  • Adopting the findings and recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, which the judge had accepted, the New Jersey Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for (1) comments about a defendant who did not speak English and was in the country illegally and (2) calling a defendant pathological liar and comparing him to O.J. Simpson.  In the Matter of Citta (New Jersey Supreme Court March 8, 2010).
  • Adopting the findings and recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, which the judge had accepted, the New Jersey Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for (1) comments that created the appearance he was making fun of a litigant and (2) and asking an attorney “when did you become an illegal alien?”  In the Matter of Convery (New Jersey Supreme Court March 8, 2010).
  • The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly censured a non-lawyer judge for using his judicial title in communications asking prison officials to confiscate documents that contained information detrimental to his interests in a personal injury lawsuit against an inmate and for failing to be forthright when questioned.  In re Calderon, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 26, 2010).
  • Based on an agreed statement of facts and joint recommendation, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for his policy of scheduling trials based on the availability of the issuing police officers, resulting in a failure to efficiently and promptly schedule trials in more than 500 traffic matters.  In re Barlaam, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 15, 2010).
  • The North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission publicly reprimanded a judge for intimidating and inappropriate outbursts at prosecutors in 2 cases in another judge’s courtroom in which his wife was the defense attorney.  Public Reprimand of Smith (North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission March 4, 2010).
  • The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for accepting tickets to San Antonio Spurs basketball games from a lawyer who wrote bail bonds and/or practiced in her court and writing a letter of recommendation for a person with a pending criminal case.  Public Admonition of Guerrero (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 26, 2010) .
  • The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for (1) mishandling a case in which a defendant did not pay a fine; (2) finding numerous individuals in contempt of court without legal authority and ordering them arrested and incarcerated without first issuing a written finding of contempt and/or commitment order; (3) failing to reduce orders and judgments to writing; (4) mishandling truancy cases; (5) ordering truancy defendants to relinquish their cell phones without legal authority; (6) including directives in emergency protective orders outside his legal authority; and (7) presiding over 2 matters involving family members who were the sons of his immediate supervisor and giving them favorable treatment; the Commission also ordered the judge to get 20 hours of instruction with a mentor.  Public Reprimand of Garza and Order of Additional Education (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 30, 2010).
  • The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for having 7 adults (a caseworker, her supervisor, the CASA volunteer, the reintegration project coordinator, the Texas Family Support Services parent coach and mentor, and a juvenile’s mother) locked in in-take cells for approximately 20 minutes after becoming angry and frustrated with their recommendation that a juvenile be detained.  Public Admonition of Meurer (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 30, 2010).

 

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