Throwback Thursday

10 years ago this month:

  • The Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for berating defendants, attorneys, and individuals in the courtroom gallery.  Johnson, Order (Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct March 18, 2011).
  • The Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a former judge for threatening to send a homeowner to jail, take away his house, and give it to the city without authority to do so.  Andress, Order (Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct March 18, 2011).
  • The Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a former judge for displaying an improper demeanor at a hearing and attempting to alter conditions of release without providing notice to the parties or otherwise following procedure.  Andress, Order (Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct March 18, 2011).
  • Based on the judge’s agreement, the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission publicly admonished a part-time judge for 2 phone calls he made to police and helping return stolen goods that were taken by an employee of his family’s business.  Letter of Admonishment (Boeckmann) (Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission March 18, 2011).
  • The California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished a judge for an insensitive comment about the Ku Klux Klan.  Public Admonishment of Giss (California Commission on Judicial Performance March 16, 2011).
  • The Mississippi Supreme Court suspended a judge without pay for 30 days, publicly reprimanded him, and fined him $1,000 for engaging in ex parte communications; misusing his contempt power; failing to properly notice hearings; granting relief not requested; issuing a search warrant without legal authority; making comments to the local newspaper to explain his actions and justify the defendant’s incarceration in 1 case; and publicly admitting ex parte contact with a litigant.  Commission on Judicial Performance v. Patton, 57 So. 3d 626 (Mississippi 2011).
  • Based on a stipulation and the judge’s consent, the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline publicly censured a former judge for committing domestic battery against his now ex-wife and having been convicted of the charge arising from the incident; the Commission also prohibited him from seeking and accepting judicial office in Nevada for 4 years.  In the Matter of Abbatangelo, Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, Consent Order of Discipline (Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline March 30, 2011).
  • The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly censured a non-lawyer judge for personally delivering his co-worker’s traffic ticket to another court.  In the Matter of Daniels, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 25, 2011).
  • Based on an agreed statement of facts and joint recommendation, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly censured a judge for taking a treatment court participant for a ride in his personal car over a lunch recess and speaking privately with him about personal issues, including the defendant’s drug use and his mother’s death.  In the Matter of Tarantino, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 28, 2011).
  • Based on an agreed statement of facts and joint recommendation, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a part-time judge for (1) representing clients before the village building and zoning department over which his court has jurisdiction; (2) allowing his name to appear on papers filed by his law firm in lawsuits against the village; and (3) permitting his law firm to make political contributions.  In the Matter of Kelly, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 31, 2011).
  • The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for writing a letter on judicial stationery in support of a defendant in a criminal case pending in federal court.  Public Reprimand of Ochoa (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 31, 2011).

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