Private Admonition of a Municipal Court Judge (06/25/02)

06/25/2002
 
 

The judge found a courtroom spectator in direct contempt for the unauthorized practice of law, and ordered him to spend 72 hours in jail and pay a fine of $100. Instead of holding a hearing to det...

Private Order of Additional Education of a Justice of the Peace (06/21/02)

06/21/2002
 
 

As a result of the judge’s off-the-bench conduct in connection with his consumption of alcoholic beverages and his inability to remain sober for any extended length of time, and following the judge...

Private Order of Additional Education of a Justice of the Peace (06/21/02)

06/21/2002
 
 

The judge, while interviewing prospective jurors, exhibited a lack of patience, dignity and respect toward one of the prospective jurors when she ordered the bailiff to forcibly remove the prospect...

Private Warning of a Justice of the Peace (06/05/02)

06/05/2002
 
 

The judge, while acting in his official capacity, used the judge’s position and authority as the judge to advance the private interests of a citizen who wished to have a citation transferred from a...

Private Order of Additional Education of a Justice of the Peace (05/09/02)

05/09/2002
 
 

The judge required at least fifteen defendants to post cash only bonds between August 31, 2000 and May 14, 2001. Attorney General Opinion No. JM-363, affirming prior case law, points out that a co...

Private Reprimand of a Justice of the Peace (03/08/02)

03/08/2002
 
 

The judge, on behalf of a relative, sent a letter on the judge’s judicial letterhead to two women who were involved in a financial dispute with the judge’s relative. The letter improperly asserted...

Private Reprimand of a Justice of the Peace (03/08/02)

03/08/2002
 
 

The judge improperly intervened on behalf of the defendants to assist them in satisfying a monetary judgment which plaintiffs disputed as inadequate. The judge acted at the request of the defendan...

Private Warning of a Justice Of The Peace (02/15/02)

02/15/2002
 
 

The judge abdicated his official judicial duties when he allowed his clerk to preside over truancy cases pending in his court, and accept pleas and assess fines in those cases. The judge violated ...