20 years ago this month:
- Adopting the findings of fact and conclusions of law of 3 masters, the California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly censured a former judge for (1) malingering by falsely claiming to be ill; (2) failing to cooperate in the administration of court business; (3) giving non-judicial activities precedence over and allowing them to interfere with his judicial duties; and (4) persistently failing to perform his judicial duties. Inquiry Concerning Murphy, Decision and Order (California Commission on Judicial Performance May 10, 2001).
- The Michigan Supreme Court suspended a judge for 6 months without pay for persistently interfering in and frequent interrupting 8 criminal trials from 1994 to 1997 and being impatient, discourteous, critical, and severe toward jurors, witnesses, counsel, and others. In re Moore, 626 N.W.2d 374 (Michigan 2001).
- Adopting the recommendation of the Judicial Tenure Commission, the Michigan Supreme Court suspended a judge for 15 days for telling police officers after an accident that the other driver was “doing 85 miles per hour” and requesting that the other driver’s name be run on the Law Enforcement Information Network and that the other driver be ticketed. In re Brown, 626 N.W.2d 403 (Michigan 2001).
- Following the judge’s waiver of a formal hearing and pursuant to a stipulation, the Nebraska Commission on Judicial Qualifications publicly reprimanded a judge for criticizing a fellow judge during courtroom proceedings, making a heated private conversation with an attorney public, and participating in an angry dispute with an attorney in open court. In the Matter of Prochaska, Reprimand (Nebraska Commission on Judicial Qualifications May 17, 2001).