5 years ago this month:
- Approving a stipulation, findings of fact, and recommended discipline, the Florida Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for giving incomplete and inaccurate answers about her driving record in interviews with a judicial nominating commission. Inquiry Concerning Recksiedler, 161 So. 3d 398 (Florida 2015).
- Granting a stipulation agreement and consent to discipline, the New Mexico Supreme Court placed a judge on supervised probation with a formal mentorship until the end of her term and imposed numerous conditions; the Commission had alleged a wide variety of misconduct, including record-keeping failures, ex parte communications, taking action in cases from which she was recused, and denying defendants due process. In the Matter of Torres, Order (New Mexico Supreme Court April 27, 2015).
- Adopting the findings of fact and conclusions of law of the Board of Professional Conduct, based on stipulations, the Ohio Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Disciplinary Counsel v. Marshall, 34 N.E.3d 110 (Ohio 2015).
- The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for (1) treating attorneys from the State Counsel for Offenders office and one of their expert witnesses in a less than patient, dignified, and courteous manner; and (2) statements during a presentation about sex offenders before the Texas Patriots PAC; the Commission also ordered that the judge obtain 4 hours of instruction with a mentor judge. Public Reprimand of Seiler and Order of Additional Education (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct April 24, 2015).