Throwback Thursday

25 years ago this month:

  • The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline publicly reprimanded a judge and fined him $1,000 for 7-20 month delays in decisions in 3 cases.  In the Matter of Marren, Findings of fact, conclusions of law, decision, and imposition of discipline (Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline September 9, 1997).
  • Pursuant to an agreed statement of facts and joint recommendation, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly censured a judge for, while a candidate, mailing a brochure to voters that gave the unmistakable impression that he would favor tenants over landlords in housing matters.  In the Matter of Birnbaum, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct September 29, 1997).
  • The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly censured a judge for (1) driving his automobile into a tree and pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated; (2) presiding over an ex parte request for a temporary order of protection while under the influence of alcohol; and (3) after his son, who was the court officer assigned to his court had been removed from the courthouse because he appeared intoxicated, confronting 2 sheriff’s officers while intoxicated, demanding to know why his son had been removed from the courthouse, and stating, loudly and angrily, “How can you do this to me? Why are you doing this to me?  After all the support I’ve given you and your department, this is the way your deputies treat me.”  In the Matter of Purple, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct September 29, 1997).

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