What they said that got them in trouble so far in 2020: Part 2

To court staff

  • “EEEEEEEEEEEkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.” Judge in email response to email from law clerk that said, “[Y]our last sexual experience” during a jury trial on a criminal sexual conduct charge.  Public Reprimand of Leahy (Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards March 19, 2020).
  • “Stupid people.” Judge in email to law clerk referring to the sheriff’s department employees involved in a change to the warrant process.  Public Reprimand of Leahy (Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards March 19, 2020).
  • “What do you think of that? Did you hear the sex stuff? . . . .”  Judge to court staff following a hearing in a domestic violence case involving sexual assault.  In the Matter of Russo (New Jersey Supreme Court May 26, 2020) (removal for this and other misconduct).
  • “This conversation never happened.” Judge to court manager after asking her to contact another court for a scheduling favor in his personal matter.  In the Matter of Russo (New Jersey Supreme Court May 26, 2020) (removal for this and other misconduct).

In campaigns

  • “Friendly Judge Barth loves to stop what he’s doing and meet all community members. Even the stuffed ones!  Judge Barth with Eileen and her sloth family at Walmart.”  Post on Facebook page for a part-time judge’s campaign for sheriff with a photograph.  Barth, Order (Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct June 10, 2020) (reprimand for this and related posts).
  • “Norm Miller’s projected revenues from traffic tickets for 2017 was $50,000. He failed to reach that by over $13,500 and he overspent his court budget by over $10,000.  Can Princetown afford to keep Norm Miller as Judge?”  Judicial candidate’s campaign advertisement about incumbent judge.  In the Matter of VanWoeart, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 31, 2020) (censure for this and other misconduct).
  • “Like.” Judicial candidate reacting on her campaign Facebook page to others’ posts about her incumbent opponent, for example, “Time to take out the trash!!”  In the Matter of VanWoeart, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 31, 2020) (censure for this and other misconduct).

To law enforcement

  • “Yeah, you can’t arrest us for this. This is not – this is not a jailable offense.”  Magistrate to Department of Natural Resources officers citing him for violating a state fishing regulation.  In the Matter of Ferguson, 841 S.E.2d 887 (West Virginia 2020) (90-day suspension, $2,000 fine, and reprimand).
  • “Big mistake, I should have been in Lucas County. I’m a judge there.  I’m not trying to play that up, but.”  Judge to police officer during traffic stop for driving under the influence of alcohol.  Disciplinary Counsel v. Gonzalez (Ohio Supreme Court June 11, 2020) (reprimand).
  • “I am so intoxicated.” Judge to law enforcement officer during traffic stop.  Disciplinary Counsel v. Doherty (Ohio Supreme Court April 14, 2020) (reprimand).
  • “Two beers.” Judge’s false response to trooper’s question about whether he had consumed any alcoholic beverages.  In the Matter of Miranda, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct January 30, 2020) (censure for this and related misconduct).
  • “No, f*** you.” Judge to police officer during traffic stop.  In the Matter of Petucci, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct January 30, 2020)(censure for this and related misconduct).

Miscellaneous

  • “We will appear entirely calm and reasonable . . . let your daughter act like the a****le she is;” and “Eyelashes.” Part-time judge in emails to his clients referring to their daughter and her attorney.  In the Matter of Senzer (New York Court of Appeals June 23, 2020) (removal for this and related comments).
  • “By now it is a truism that Chief Justice John Roberts’ statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee that a Supreme Court justice’s role is the passive one of a neutral baseball ‘umpire who [merely] calls the balls and strikes,’ was a masterpiece of disingenuousness. Roberts’ misleading testimony inevitably comes to mind when one considers the course of decision-making by the Court over which he presides.”  Judge beginning a law review articleResolution of Complaints Against Adelman (7th Circuit Judicial Council June 22, 2020) (admonishment).
  • “We have worked with Our Kids and we have complete faith only in the Our Kids model of leadership. When you select the agency please keep our voices in mind.”  Judges in a letter encouraging the Florida Department of Children and Families to award a contract to a particular vendor.  Inquiry Concern Lederman, Caballero, Figarola, Pooler, and Ruiz, 292 So. 3d 425 (Florida 2020) (reprimand).
  • “[I have] heard 19 different stories.” Judge to staff at county jail about ex parte contacts he had with family members of 3 men who had been arrested for fighting.  Inquiry Concerning Scaff (Florida Supreme Court May 28, 2020) (reprimand of judge for this and other misconduct).

 

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