25 years ago this month:
- Pursuant to an agreement, the Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge and suspended him for 2 months without pay for communicating ex parte with a judge presiding over an action seeking to evict a tenant from a unit in a condominium building where the respondent judge was a trustee of the condominium association and owned 2 units; the judge also agreed to the assignment of a mentor judge and training. In the Matter of Jarasitis, Press Release (Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct October 31, 1996).
- Adopting the recommendation of the Commission on Judicial Performance, the California Supreme Court publicly censured a judge for (1) as a matter of routine practice during the in-custody misdemeanor arraignment calendar, failing to consider release of defendants on their own recognizance or to consider probation or concurrent sentencing for defendants pleading guilty or no contest at arraignment; (2) refusing to appoint counsel to assist defendants; and (3) failing as required by law to inform defendants pleading guilty or no contest of the negative consequences a conviction could have on a non-citizen with regard to immigration. In re Whitney, 922 P.2d 868 (California 1996).
- Accepting the determination of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, the New York Court of Appeals removed a judge from office for (1) sending numerous harassing, threatening, and disparaging anonymous communications to a lawyer with whom he had a personal feud; (2) publicly disseminating a list of “13 suggestions for confrontational or intentionally offensive criminal defense attorneys;” (3) publicly criticizing a defense being raised in a pending proceeding before his court; (4) filing a false report to a police official; and (5) giving testimony during the Commission’s investigation that was false, misleading, and lacking in candor. In the Matter of Mogil, 673 N.E.2d 896 (New York 1996).