20 years ago this month:
- The California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished a judge for making remarks to friends that purported to convey the outcome of an appeal in which the friends had an interest. Public Admonishment of Revak (California Commission on Judicial Performance December 12, 2000).
- Adopting the recommendation of the Commission on Judicial Performance based on an agreed statement of facts and recommendation, the Mississippi Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for his conduct in 2 related cases, including imposing fines and sentences in excess of his statutory authority and presiding over a perjury charge although he lacked jurisdiction. Commission on Judicial Performance v. Neal, 774 So. 2d 414 (Mississippi 2000).
- Accepting the determination of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, the New York Court of Appeals removed a judge from office for (1) failing to deposit court funds in his official account within 72 hours after receipt, in violation of court rules, (2) failing to remit court funds to the state comptroller by the tenth day of the month following collection, in violation of statutes, (3) his conduct during a disagreement with a local attorney who represented a funeral home in an action against the judge for an unpaid bill, (4) acting in a retaliatory manner toward a second attorney, and (5) suspending a traffic defendant’s driver’s license out of personal animosity for the defendant’s attorney. In the Matter of Corning, 741 N.E.2d 117 (New York 2000).
- Accepting an agreement for discipline by consent, the South Carolina Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a former magistrate for embezzling court funds to pay a woman with whom he had an affair. In the Matter of Brown, 540 S.E.2d 452 (South Carolina 2000).
- Accepting an agreement for discipline by consent, the South Carolina Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a former magistrate for financial mismanagement of his court. In the Matter of Roberts, 540 S.E.2d 458 (South Carolina 2000).
- Pursuant to a stipulation and agreement, the Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for using an arguably harsh and inappropriate tone and manner when interacting with defendants in 3 case. In re Lukevich, Stipulation, Agreement and Order of Admonishment (Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct December 1, 2000).