5 years ago this month:
- Granting the application of the Commission on Judicial Qualifications, the Iowa Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a magistrate for misusing expunged files in his private law practice. In the Matter of Sevcik, 877 N.W.2d 707 (Iowa 2016).
- Following a hearing, the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission publicly reprimanded a judge for ordering a domestic violence complainant jailed after she recanted her testimony. In re Collins, Findings of fact, conclusions of law, and final order (Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission April 22, 2016).
- The Mississippi Supreme Court suspended a chancellor without pay for 30 days, fined him $2,500, and publicly reprimanded him for negligence and inattention while executing ex parte orders that resulted in the dissipation of assets from a ward’s estate. Commission on Judicial Performance v. Shoemake, 191 So. 3d 1211 (Mississippi 2016).
- Based on a stipulation and the judge’s consent, the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline publicly reprimanded a judge for initiating the prosecution of a trucking company and its owners for a violation of federal regulations and engaging in ex parte communications regarding the case, including plea negotiations; the judge was also ordered to complete 2 courses at the National Judicial College and to study relevant statutes, rules of civil procedure, and local rules. In the Matter of Haviland, Stipulation and order of consent to public reprimand (Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline April 22, 2016).