Throwback Thursday

10 years ago this month:

  • In consolidated appeals, the Kentucky Supreme Court affirmed 2 decisions of the Judicial Conduct Commission (1) reprimanding a judge and suspending her for 45 days without pay for (a) summarily holding a husband in contempt of court for actions that occurred outside of her perception and (b) entering an order changing custody that denied the father due process and (2) reprimanding her for a “standing order” that prohibited child support modifications for Toyota employees. Gormley v. Judicial Conduct Commission, 332 S.W.3d 717 (Kentucky 2010).
  • Pursuant to the judge’s agreement, the Nebraska Commission on Judicial Qualifications publicly reprimanded a judge for accusing an attorney of publicly disparaging him and threatening the attorney with an ethics complaint if he did not apologize. In the Matter of McArdle (Nebraska Commission on Judicial Qualifications August 18, 2010).
  • The North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission publicly reprimanded a judge for a 2-year delay in entering an order; the judge accepted the reprimand. Public Reprimand of Black (North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission August 13, 2010).
  • The Washington Supreme Court suspended a judge for 5 days without pay for a pattern or practice of deriding the intelligence of pro se litigants and rudely and impatiently interrupting them. In the Matter of Eiler, 236 P.3d 873 (Washington 2010).
  • Based on stipulations and the findings and recommendation of a judicial conduct panel, the Wisconsin Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a former judge for a substantial backlog of unadjudicated citations and refusing to adjudicate any parking ticket stipulation cases. In the Matter of Zodrow, 787 N.W.2d 815 (Wisconsin 2010).


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