Throwback Thursday

10 years ago this month:

  • The Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for numerous improper ex parte communications with the parties on 1 side of a case.  Jayne, Order (Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct July 26, 2011).
  • The Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for making derogatory statements toward a litigant, who was also a hearing officer, and toward another judge on his court.  Parker, Order (Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct July 26, 2011).
  • Accepting the recommendation of the Judiciary Commission based on a stipulation, the Louisiana Supreme Court publicly censured a judge for failing to immediately self-recuse from a divorce case despite his long-standing, close friendship with both parties, continuing to socialize with the husband and having ex parte conversations with him when a custody dispute arose, and signing an ex parte order giving the husband interim physical custody of their child that was contrary to statutory requirements.  In re Badeaux, 65 So. 3d 1273 (Louisiana 2011).
  • Based on a stipulation in which the judge agreed never to serve as a judge against, the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline permanently prohibited a former judge from seeking or accepting judicial office in the state for repeatedly engaging in extremely inappropriate and offensive comments and actions with court staff even after being advised that his conduct was unacceptable and offensive.  In the Matter of EnEarl, Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, Consent Order Imposing Discipline (Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline July 1, 2011).
  • The New Hampshire Judicial Conduct Committee publicly reprimanded a retired judge for his demeanor in 3 criminal cases.  Jones, Reprimand (New Hampshire Judicial Conduct Committee July 9, 2011).
  • Accepting an agreed statement of acts and joint recommendation, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a part-time judge for taking judicial action in 9 cases in which a client of the judge’s law firm represented a party.  In the Matter of Shults, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct July 7, 2011).
  • Based on an agreed statement of facts, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly censured a non-lawyer judge for presiding at an arraignment when the defendant was his co-judge’s son and the complaining witness was his co-judge.  In the Matter of Ridsdale, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct July 20, 2011).
  • The North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission publicly reprimanded a judge for asking another judge to remit costs and a fine in traffic case against the county register of deeds; the judge accepted the reprimand and agreed to send a formal letter of apology to the other judge.  Public Reprimand of Hayes (North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission July 26, 2011).
  • The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for, during the magistration of a college student charged with the alleged theft of an Aggie ring, displaying his own Aggie ring, advising the student that he should consider attending another school, and relying on information not in the probable cause affidavit to enhance the standard bond for a state jail felony from $5,000 to $50,000; the Commission also ordered the judge to obtain 10 hours of instruction with a mentor.  Public Reprimand and Order of Additional Education of Boyett (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct July 11, 2011).
  • Pursuant to a stipulation and agreement, the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for driving while intoxicated and hit and run.  In re Lyman, Stipulation, Agreement, and Order of Reprimand (Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct July 8, 2011).
  • Pursuant to a stipulation and agreement, the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for summarily holding a domestic violence complainant in contempt after she recanted a statement she had given to the police; the judge also agreed to attend more training on domestic violence within 1 year.  In re Shelton, Stipulation, Agreement, and Order of Reprimand (Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct July 8, 2011).

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