FY 2000-Present Summaries of Private Sanctions

Private Warning of a Justice of the Peace (01/19/05).

01/19/2005
 
 

The judge displayed a bumper sticker or sign endorsing his son’s candidacy for public office on a vehicle which the judge owned and operated. The judge’s conduct was found to have constituted a pu...

Private Warning of a Senior Judge (01/19/05).

01/19/2005
 
 

While presiding over a felony jury trial, the judge directed profanity at the defense attorney in a conversation before the bench. The judge’s statement to the lawyer during these proceedings was ...

Private Admonition of a District Judge (01/19/05).

01/19/2005
 
 

Following a hearing in a hotly contested custody dispute, the judge observed a meeting between the pro se litigant and opposing counsel and approached them to foster a settlement discussion between...

Private Admonition of a District Judge (12/21/04).

12/21/2004
 
 

The judge acted in a biased manner by appointing her friend and former colleague as special prosecutor in a high profile criminal case after the attorney had previously represented the judge in a m...

Private Admonition of a Justice of the Peace (12/21/04).

12/21/2004
 
 

Based on a complaint filed by his clerk, the judge issued an arrest warrant without analyzing the complaint to determine if probable cause existed. The Commission concluded from the judge’s conduc...

Private Warning of a County Judge (11/18/04)

11/18/2004
 
 

Using county letterhead, the judge wrote a letter to a U.S. Senator regarding a private dispute. The letterhead included the judge’s full name and title, listed the names of the county commissione...

Private Admonition of a District Judge (11/18/04)

11/18/2004
 
 

The judge leased office space to an attorney who regularly practiced in his court, conveying or permitting others to convey the impression that the attorney was in a special position to influence t...

Private Admonition of a County Court at Law Judge (11/18/04).

11/18/2004
 
 

The judge allowed an attorney who regularly practices in his court to office in his building and perform legal work for his company, conveying the impression that the attorney was in a special posi...