5 years ago this month:
- The California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished a judge for commenting publicly to a reporter about a domestic violence case and, later in court in the same case, describing the victim as “white as a piece of wonder bread” when comparing the prosecution’s treatment of her to their treatment of the victim in another case. In the Matter Concerning Lord, Decision and order imposing public admonishment (California Commission on Judicial Performance April 11, 2018).
- Based on the recommendation of the Commission on Judicial Qualifications, the Kansas Supreme Court publicly censured a former magistrate for revoking a defendant’s probation based only on the motion and without providing the defendant an opportunity to respond and failing to cooperate with the Commission. In the Matter of Trigg, 414 P.3d 1203 (Kansas 2018).
- Pursuant to an agreement, the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission suspended a judge for 60 days without pay for (1) using inmates from the county detention center and publicly owned equipment in the reconstruction of the church he attended and at which he had a leadership role; (2) personally observing community services work and signing documents verifying community services work performed by criminal defendants on probation in his court; (3) misconduct related to the ankle monitoring program; (4) failing to decide a motion for 3 years and failing to decide motions for shock probation within the statutory time limit; and (4) employing a man to work on his property who was under supervised probation for a guilty plea over which the judge had presided. In re Langford, Agreed order of suspension (Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission April 2, 2018).
- Adopting the findings of the Judicial Standards Commission and based on its recommendation and the commissioner’s agreement, the North Carolina Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a deputy commissioner of the Industrial Commission for driving under the influence of an impairing substance. In re Shipley, 811 S.E.2d 556 (North Carolina 2018).
- The Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline publicly reprimanded a former judge for angrily confronting court staff about the complaints they made about him to the Judicial Conduct Board. In re Tidd, 181 A.3d 14 (Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline 2018).
- The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for (1) hiring a woman with whom he had an intimate relationship and making inappropriate comments about her during office hours and (2) issuing an amended judgment without providing the parties with notice and setting an appeal bond that was over the amount specified by rule; the Commission also ordered the judge to repeat new judges training. Public Reprimand of Jasso and Order of Additional Education (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct April 18, 2018).
- The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly admonished a judge for (1) referring to a man who was the subject of a guardianship proceedings as “Mr. Maggot,” “Maggot Man,” or words to that effect; (2) comparing the IQ of a woman who was the subject of a guardianship proceeding to the IQ of a pen; and (3) interacting with litigants in 3 guardianship cases in a manner that reasonably led them to feel disrespected, demeaned, and frustrated; the Commission also ordered the judge to receive 1 hour of instruction with a mentor on demeanor and courtroom decorum. Public Admonition of Cross and Order of Additional Education (Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct April 18, 2018).
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