Throwback Thursday

25 years ago this month:

  • The Indiana Supreme Court permanently enjoined a former part-time court commissioner from seeking judicial office in the state; disbarred him from the practice of law and permanently enjoined him from seeking reinstatement as a lawyer; and fined him $100,000 for, while a judicial officer, (1) being paid with sexual relations by a client for his representation of her in the dissolution of her marriage; giving her a fake divorce decree; filing a handwritten dissolution petition without his name on it in the same court in which he served as a probate commissioner; and telling 2 judges that he had not represented her; (2) hearing 3 child custody and visitation disputes involving another former client with whom he had a continuing sexual relationship and to whom he often gave $300 to $500 a week; and (3) after being appointed as a full-time judge pro tempore, continuing to serve as a part-time commissioner and part-time deputy city attorney and engaging in the private practice of law.  In the Matter Edwards, 694 N.E.2d 701 (Indiana 1998).
  • In attorney discipline proceedings, the Ohio Supreme Court permanently disbarred a former judge who had pled guilty to distributing cocaine while a judge.  Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Gallagher, 693 N.E.2d 1078 (Ohio 1998).
  • • Accepting a stipulation consenting to the order of the Judicial Conduct Commission, the Utah Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for telling an attorney with whom she was personally at odds that it might not be a good idea for him to practice in her court again. Re Inquiry Concerning Acomb (Utah Supreme Court May 4, 1998).

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