Throwback Thursday

5 years ago this month:

  • The Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for delaying 3 rulings in the same DUI case past 60 days and certifying that he had no pending or undetermined cause for more than 60 days.  Guzman, Order (Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct March 26, 2015).
  • The Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for ex parte communications to the attorney general’s office demanding that they correct a misstatement made by the state supreme court during oral argument in an appeal from a sentence he had imposed.  Irwin, Order (Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct March 26, 2015).
  • The Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for making unwelcome comments to 2 detention officers and unwelcomed physical contact with one of those officers.  Roberts, Order (Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct March 26, 2015).
  • The Louisiana Supreme Court suspended a judge for 30 days without pay for holding an assistant city prosecutor in contempt and then ordering the dismissal of 15 criminal cases on the docket that day.  In re Sims, 159 So. 3d 1040 (Louisiana 2015).
  • Accepting an agreed statements of facts and joint recommendation, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a non-lawyer judge for mishandling a $500 cash bail he received at an arraignment and failing to maintain records of the proceeding.  In the Matter of Kressly, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 25, 2015).
  • Adopting a consent-to-discipline agreement based on stipulations, the Ohio Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for telling jurors in a criminal trial that they had reached the wrong verdict.  Ohio State Bar Association v. Salerno, 28 N.E.3d 84 (Ohio 2015).
  • The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a court of appeals judge for, during a traffic stop, repeatedly identifying herself to police officers as a judge and offering to show the officers her judicial badge.  Public Admonition of Longoria (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 13, 2015).
  • The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly warned a former judge for (1) reimbursing himself from campaign funds for travel expenses that were not properly reported to the Ethics Commission and (2) conduct that resulted in negative attention and criticism in the press.  Public Warning of Cortez (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 9, 2015).
  • The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for her handling of 2 cases, including using criminal summons in a small claims matter and divorce case, failing to afford parties the right to appeal her judgment, maintaining incomplete and/or inaccurate court records, conducting informal private mediations of disputes without proper notice to the parties while excluding individuals from entering the courtroom to observe the proceedings in violation of the open courts doctrine, and other failures to comply with the law; the Commission also ordered the judge to, in addition to her required judicial education, obtain 8 additional hours of education.  Public Reprimand of Melendrez and Order of Additional Education (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 19, 2015).

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