10 years ago this month:
- Based on a stipulated agreement, the Arizona Supreme Court publicly censured a judge for repeatedly abusing his contempt power and a pattern of interference with attorney-client relationships. Chiles, Order (Arizona Supreme court May 25, 2011).
- The Arkansas Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for conducting a Rule 11 proceeding before attempting to establish the falsity of the allegations in a motion for recusal and imposing sanctions on the attorney who filed the motion without establishing the allegations were false. Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission v. Simes, 381 S.W.3d 764 (Arkansas 2011).
- In lieu of filing formal disciplinary proceedings and with the judge’s consent, the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications publicly admonished a judge for making inappropriate public comments to a television reporter after his son parked in a handicapped parking space in the court’s public parking lot without an appropriate placard. Public Admonition of Hunter (Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications May 5, 2011).
- Based on a statement of circumstances and conditional agreement for discipline, the Indiana Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for driving while intoxicated. In the Matter of Hughes, 947 N.E.2d 418 (Indiana 2011).
- The South Dakota Supreme Court ordered the retirement of a judge for mistreating court employees, insulting lawyers, insensitive racial and sexist jokes, conducting himself on the bench “with unconscionable arrogance,” and referring to law enforcement from the bench as a “bunch of racists” without evidentiary basis. In the Matter of Fuller, 798 N.W.2d 408 (South Dakota 2011).
- Based on an agreement for discipline by consent, the South Carolina Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a former judge for making an inappropriate comment to a law student at a county bar reception and having an inappropriate image on his cell phone that was viewed by the law student and others at the reception. In the Matter of Hughes, 710 S.E.2d 75 (South Carolina 2011).
- The Tennessee Court of the Judiciary publicly reprimanded a judge for signing ex parte orders of dismissal and expunging convictions. Letter to Hamilton (Tennessee Court of the Judiciary May 4, 2011).
- The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for (1) forcing a driver to appear before him so he could lecture her about her driving; (2) directing his court staff to accept payments from defendants on behalf of plaintiffs to discharge judgments and/or to comply with settlement agreements; and (3) directing his court staff to accept rental payments from tenants on behalf of landlords in eviction cases. Public Admonition of Corbin (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct May 9, 2011).