20 years ago this month:
- Granting a joint motion for approval of a recommendation, the Mississippi Supreme Court suspended a judge for 30 days without pay for (1) signing a perfunctory order appointing his daughter as counsel for an indigent murder suspect at an initial appearance; (2) conducting a bond reduction hearing without notice to the prosecuting attorney and then lowering the bond; and (3) sua sponte setting aside a judgment that he had entered following a civil trial without conducting the statutorily required proceeding and without a showing of good cause. Commission on Judicial Performance v. Peyton, 812 So. 2d 204 (Mississippi 2002).
- The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for ordering a foster father to paddle his foster child. Public Reprimand of Kleimann (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 1, 2002).
- The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for sleeping during court proceedings on numerous occasions. Public Admonition of Kleimann (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct March 1, 2002).