5 years ago this month:
- Accepting the parties’ agreement with the masters’ proposed findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommended sanction, the Indiana Supreme Court suspended a judge for 6 days without pay for barring the county clerk from the courthouse after a hearing at which the clerk was not present and for which she had not been given adequate notice; presiding over the hearing even though he had an interest in the matter; commanding 2 deputy clerks to appear for the hearing without prior written notice of its purpose; and impatient, undignified, or discourteous conduct during the hearing. In the Matter of Young, 92 N.E.3d 628 (Indiana 2018).
- Based on the judge’s approval and acceptance, the Kansas Commission on Judicial Qualifications entered a cease-and-desist order after a judge denied a defendant the opportunity to present evidence within 21 days of the filing of a petition for protection from stalking and/or sexual abuse as required by statute. Inquiry Concerning Lynch, Order (Kansas Commission on Judicial Qualifications March 19, 2018).
- Based on the recommendation of the Judiciary Commission, the Louisiana Supreme Court suspended a judge for 6 months without pay for a pattern of stalking and harassing his ex-wife, in violation of protective orders. In re Sachse, 240 So. 3d 170 (Louisiana 2018).
- Based on a stipulation and agreement, the New Hampshire Judicial Conduct Committee publicly reprimanded a judge for her over-zealous cross-examination of a defendant in an assault case, polling the courtroom about whether the defendant’s need for a knee replacement constituted a disability, characterizing the defendant as “somebody with that knee dragging along,” and using her recall of a prior hearing involving the defendant to make conclusions about the defendant’s veracity. In the Matter of DeVries, Reprimand (New Hampshire Judicial Conduct Committee March 8, 2018).
- The Oregon Supreme Court suspended a judge for 3 years without pay for (1) making a false statement to the Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability during its investigation of his conduct at a soccer game; and (2) having inappropriate out-of-court contacts with a probationer in the veterans treatment court; affirmatively permitting the probationer to twice handle a gun despite the prohibition on possession of firearms that was a condition of his probation; and making a false statement to the presiding judge in a meeting about the gun-handling incidents. Inquiry Concerning Day, 413 P.3d 907 (Oregon 2018).