Throwback Thursday

10 years ago this month:

  • Based on an agreement, the Arizona Supreme Court publicly censured a judge who, during a settlement conference, said “f*** you” to one of the attorneys while showing his middle finger and told the attorney it was “sh***y” of him to change his position.  Cornelio, Order (Arizona Supreme Court December 9, 2010).
  • The Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for failing to be present or immediately available to promptly attend to court business.  Williams, Amended order (Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct December 9, 2010).
  • The California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished a judge for inappropriate comments, for example, referring to a tall, thin female attorney with short hair as a “Q-tip.”  Public Admonishment of Gibson (California Commission on Judicial Performance December 14, 2010).
  • The California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished a judge for driving under the influence of alcohol.  Public Admonishment of Widdifield (California Commission on Judicial Performance December 14, 2010).
  • Accepting the recommendation of the Judicial Qualifications Commission based on a stipulation, the Florida Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge and fined her $5,000 for identifying $125,000 on her campaign disclosure form as loans from herself that were, in fact, loans from her father.  Inquiry Concerning Colodny, 51 So.3d 430 (Florida 2010).
  • The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly censured a judge for operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, resulting in his conviction for driving while ability impaired, and asserting his judicial office in connection with his arrest.  In the Matter of Maney, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct December 20, 2010).
  • The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for (1) serving as a fiduciary for a close, personal friend and the friend’s daughter and (2) dismissing a DWI case against the friend.  Public Admonition of Fitzgerald (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct December 16, 2010).
  • The Utah Supreme Court approved the implementation of a public reprimand based on a stipulation of a judge for failing to disqualify himself from 37 traffic citations issued by his son-in-law, the police chief.  In re Adams, Order (Utah Supreme Court December 20, 2010).
  • Based on a stipulation and agreement, the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for failing to hold mitigation hearings when requested and reducing a person’s fine based solely on review of the citation and the person’s driving record.  In the Matter of Hille, Stipulation, Agreement, and Order (Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct December 3, 2010).

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