Throwback Thursday

10 years ago this month:

  • The Mississippi Supreme Court suspended a judge for 90 days without pay and publicly reprimanded him for ex parte communications with a police officer, taking a criminal defendant for a ride in his car, reducing the defendant’s fine at the request of the officer, and lying to the Commission on Judicial Performance investigator.  Commission on Judicial Performance v. Boone, 60 So. 3d 172 (Mississippi 2011).
  • Based on the presentment of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, which the judge accepted, the New Jersey Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for involving the police in tracking down the parents of the teen who had damaged his son’s car, his treatment of the teen’s mother on the telephone and in a lawsuit, and being less than forthcoming with the Committee.  In the Matter of Baptista, 15 A.3d 323 (New Jersey 2011). 
  • The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly warned a judge for issuing a summons for a citizen to appear in his court when no case was pending against the citizen and no criminal charges had been filed against him.  Public Warning of Perez (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct April 6, 2011).
  • Based on stipulated facts and a stipulated recommendation, the Utah Supreme Court approved the implementation of the Judicial Conduct Commission’s public censure of a former judge based on his guilty plea to charges of exposing himself to a police officer in a public restroom.  Inquiry Concerning Hare, Order (Utah Supreme Court April 6, 2011).
  • Based on a stipulation and agreement, the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a former judge for expressing his support for a candidate for sheriff in a letter to the editor after he had announced his retirement but while he was still a judge.  In the Matter of Votendahl, Stipulation, agreement, and order (Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct April 22, 2011).

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