25 years ago this month:
- The Arizona Supreme Court publicly censured a former judge for acting as a consultant and negotiator representing a corporation owned by professional tennis player Andre Agassi in contract negotiations with Nike. In the Matter of Fleischman, 933 P.2d 563 (Arizona 1997).
- The Connecticut Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Judicial Review Council publicly censuring a former judge for engaging in a consensual sexual relationship with a married court reporter. In re Flanagan, 690 A.2d 865 (Connecticut 1997).
- Accepting an agreement for discipline, the Indiana Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judicial candidate for pledging in campaign materials to “stop suspending sentences” and to “stop putting criminals on probation.” In the Matter of Haan, 676 N.E.2d 740 (Indiana 1997).
- The Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline removed a judge from office for violating the conditions of probation in a sobriety monitoring contract. In re Timbers, 692 A.2d 317 (Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline 1997).
- With the judge’s consent, the South Carolina Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for conducting a bond hearing for a friend, releasing him from custody on a personal recognizance bond, asking the arresting office for as much help as “you can give me” with the case, and requesting the state law enforcement division to investigate the friend’s allegations that the arresting officer had used excessive force. In the Matter of Hancock, 483 S.E.2d 756 (South Carolina 1997).
- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended a judge without pay for 3 months for refusing to comply with an assignment even after the Court had ordered him to do so; the Court also required the judge to submit performance reports for 6 months after the suspension. In re Avellino, 690 A.2d 1144 (Pennsylvania 1997).