Recent cases

  • Accepting a stipulation and approving a proposed sanction, the Florida Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a former judge for campaign advertisements picturing him wearing a Navy uniform that were contrary to Department of Defense regulations.  Inquiry Concerning Blumstein (Florida Supreme Court January 4, 2023, nunc pro tunc to December 14, 2022).
  • Based on a stipulation and the judge’s consent and agreement not to serve as a pro tem judge in the future, the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline publicly reprimanded a pro tem judge for using as advertisements for his law practice Instagram and TikTok videos of him presiding over court proceedings.  In the Matter of Vander Heyden, Stipulation and order of consent to public reprimand (Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline December 12, 2022).
  • Based on a stipulation and the judge’s consent, the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline publicly reprimanded a judge for delays in issuing decisions in 6 cases; the Commission also ordered that the judge complete a judicial education course/seminar on caseflow, workflow, or time management.  In the Matter of Delaney, Stipulation and order of consent to public reprimand (Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline December 21, 2022).
  • Accepting a stipulation based on the judge’s resignation and affirmation that she will not seek or accept judicial office in the future, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct concluded a proceeding against a former judge; in April 2022, the Commission notified the judge that it was investigating a complaint that she had promoted prejudicial and inflammatory content on Facebook and lent the prestige of her judicial office to advance the private interests of others.  In the Matter of Keppler, Decision and order (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct December 15, 2022).
  • Accepting a stipulation based on the judge’s resignation and affirmation that he will not seek or accept judicial office in the future, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct concluded a proceeding against a former judge; in August 2022, the Commission notified the judge that it was investigating complaints that he failed to make mandatory reports and remittances to the State Comptroller in a timely manner, which resulted in the Comptroller directing the town supervisor to stop paying his judicial salary.  In the Matter of Franklin, Decision and order (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct December 15, 2022).
  • With the judge’s agreement, the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct suspended a judge for 30 days with pay for driving under the influence; in addition, for 5 years, the judge will be monitored for adherence to his substance use disorder recovery monitoring agreement with Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program.  In re Harvey, Order of suspension (Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct December 5, 2022).
  • Based on an agreement and the judge’s resignation and agreement to never again seek judicial office in the state, the West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission publicly admonished a former judge for (1) during in camera interviews of 2 girls whose father had been accused of sexually abusing them, calling the 7-year-old girl a liar and suggesting the 6-year-old girl had taken part in a “sinister plan” regarding her father; (2) using his position to obtain money from county commissions, incorrectly placing half the money with a general receiver, retaining control of the money, and spending thousands of dollars for improper purposes; and (3) violating an administrative order by pulling out a gun and showing it in the courtroom.  In the Matter of Hummel, Public admonishment (West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission December 2, 2022).
  • Based on an agreement that included the magistrate’s resignation and agreement never to seek judicial office in the state, the West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission publicly admonished a former magistrate for discourteous, disrespectful, and indecorous treatment of police officers during 3 arraignments.  Public Admonishment of Harshbarger (West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission December 15, 2022).

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