Throwback Thursday

25 years ago this month:

  • The California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished a judge for using the court’s computer to obtain confidential information from records of the Department of Motor Vehicles and disclosing them to a friend.  Public Admonishment of Smith (California Commission on Judicial Performance November 25, 1996).
  • Agreeing with the recommendation of the Judiciary Commission, the Louisiana Supreme Court publicly censured a judge for using campaign materials referring to himself as “THE Qualified “JUDGE” even though he had only sat previously as an ad hoc judge.  In re Cascio, 683 So. 2d 1202 (Louisiana 1996).
  • Adopting the recommendation of the Judiciary Commission, the Louisiana Supreme Court publicly censured a judge for delays in 2 cases and for failure to report the cases.  In re Tuck, 683 So. 2d 1214 (Louisiana 1996).
  • Adopting the recommendation of the Judiciary Commission based on a stipulation of uncontested facts, the Louisiana Supreme Court removed a judge from office for owning and operating a company that provided pay telephone service for all inmates in the local parish jail.  In re Johnson, 683 So. 2d 1196 (Louisiana 1996).
  • Agreeing with the findings of the Board of Commissioners on Judicial Standards, the South Carolina Supreme Court removed a judge from office for issuing an arrest warrant at the request of his daughter and releasing the arrested man from jail after the arrestee paid his daughter $500.  In the Matter of McKinney, 478 S.E.2d 51 (South Carolina 1996).

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