10 years ago this month:
- The California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished a judge for cancelling the court reporter scheduled for proceedings before another judge. Public Admonishment of Edwards (California Commission on Judicial Performance February 7, 2012).
- Adopting the findings and recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, which the judge accepted, the New Jersey Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for an ex parte communication with a prosecutor in which he “coached” the prosecutor to ask certain questions of state witnesses, demonstrating his reservations about the defendant’s defense, and then failing to disqualify from the case. In the Matter of McCloskey, 50 A.3d 15 (New Jersey 2012).
- The Tennessee Court of the Judiciary publicly reprimanded a judge for, while he was on military duty in Germany, allowing an unauthorized individual to sit as a substitute judge on several occasions and attempting to set bonds by e-mail. Letter to Bell (Tennessee Court of the Judiciary February 27, 2012).
- The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for repeatedly interceding on behalf of a criminal defendant, who was the daughter of the woman with whom he was living, by contacting the prosecutor, the district judge, and law enforcement officials. Public Admonition of Nicholds (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct February 8, 2012).