Throwback Thursday

25 years ago this month:

  • Pursuant to a conditional agreement for discipline, the Indiana Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for having an attorney arrested for failing to appear at a hearing when the date for the hearing had been rescheduled after an ex parte communication with the prosecutor, the attorney had informed the judge that he had a conflicting court date, and the judge had denied a motion for a continuance.  In the Matter of Johnson, 658 N.E.2d 589 (Indiana 1995).
  • Pursuant to a stipulation and agreement, the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for, without a subpoena or official summons, signing a 2-page affidavit that provided opinion evidence about the parenting skills of parties in a pending matter.  In re Poyfair, Stipulation and Agreement and Order of Admonishment (Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct December 1, 1995).
  • Pursuant to a stipulation, the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge who had initiated or considered ex parte communications concerning pending or impending proceedings.  In re Burchard, Stipulation and Order of Reprimand (Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct December 1, 1995).
  • Pursuant to a stipulation and agreement, the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for inappropriate statements in 3 domestic abuse cases.  In re Turco, Stipulation and Written Admonishment (Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct December 1, 1995).
  • The Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly censured a judge for a pattern of inappropriate sexual behavior; for assaulting his then-wife; for improperly requiring a party to file an affidavit of prejudice against him after he had recused himself; for conducting a mitigation hearing on a traffic citation received by a woman he was dating; and for inappropriately touching a pregnant court employee and commenting, “I can’t get you pregnant, obviously.”  In re Wilcox, Commission Decision (Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct December 1, 1995).

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