Throwback Thursday

10 year ago this month:

  • Based on a recommendation and stipulated resolution, the Arizona Supreme Court publicly censured a judge for improper demeanor, inappropriate statements, and coercive behavior in 2 settlement conferences.  Inquiry Concerning Cornelio, Order (Arizona Supreme Court April 24, 2013).
  • Based on a stipulation and the judge’s consent, the New Hampshire Judicial Conduct Committee publicly reprimanded a judge for presiding over 2 arraignments in cases in which the victim was his brother-in-law without disclosing the relationship.  Lyons, Reprimand (New Hampshire Judicial Conduct Committee April 16, 2013).
  • Accepting the determination of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, the New York Court of Appeals removed a former judge for sexual contact with a 5-year-old girl in 1972.  In the Matter of Hedges, 988 N.E.2d 509 (New York 2013).
  • Pursuant to an agreement, the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct publicly censured a judge for (1) his intemperate, argumentative, and disruptive conduct during a deposition, which was contrary to a partially deferred discipline agreement in 2009 in which he agreed to cease and desist from injudicious treatment directed at a particular law firm and (2) an improper ex parte hearing and ex parte relief with respect to a petition to modify a permanent parenting plan.  Wilson (Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct April 5, 2013).
  • Pursuant to an agreement, the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for (1) commenting that he believed an attorney who appeared in his court must be having a sexual relationship with another attorney who appeared before him; and (2) asking the spouse of a court employee who had taken a leave of absence in the presence of other individuals who worked with the spouse about the court employee’s potential problem in an abrasive manner that was noted by others who were present.  McKenzie (Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct April 11, 2013).
  • Accepting an agreement that included the judge’s resignation and agreement not to seek or accept judicial office in the state, the South Carolina Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a former judge for (1) after setting bond for a defendant, posting the bond on the defendant’s behalf from his own personal funds and signing the bond form as both judge and surety; (2) in a case in which he had arraigned the defendant, signing a paper stating that a victim agreed to drop all charges against the defendant based on payment of $1,178.80; (3) when the jail mistakenly transported a defendant to court, allowing the defendant to plead guilty without the arresting officer and victim being present or being notified of the proceeding; (4) directing his clerk to change a case history from guilty to not guilty; and (5) in announcing his decision to deny a request for a restraining order against a police officer, commenting that granting a restraining order could have a serious effect on the officer’s career and incorrectly applying a reasonable doubt standard.  In the Matter of Bryngelson, 742 S.E.2d 392 (South Carolina 2013).

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