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Judges make mistakes

2015--New Jersey

A New Jersey judge accused of tugging the ear of a drug-court employee stood before the New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday as it considered whether to discipline him.  Judge Gerald Council told the justices he was embarrassed to be there, theNew Jersey Law Journal (sub. req.) and the Trentonian report. “I don’t know how I ended up here,” he said. “I failed the judiciary. I failed my family.”

The court’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct has recommended a one-month suspension without pay based on findings that Council twice touched the employee inappropriately as he removed her from a room. Once, he touched the employee on her upper back and neck during a breakfast reception, told her she had work to do, and ushered her from the gathering, the committee said in this presentment(PDF). In a second incident, he grasped the employee by the ear during a drug court meeting and physically escorted her from the room, the committee found.

 

2015--Florida--Judge John Patrick Contini

This judge is facing ethics charges after calling the state position in an appeal seeking his recusal a “lie from the pit of hell.”

2014--Florida--Judge Jacqueline Schwartz told a convenience store owner in Coconut Grove in June 2014 to “Go f— yourself” -- Schwartz agreed to a $10,000 fine and a 30-day suspension to resolve the legal ethics case,

2014-2015--Florida

Rejecting a recommended 120-day suspension and $50,000 fine for a Florida judge who challenged a public defender to a fistfight last year, the Florida state supreme court removed him from office Dec. 17, 2015.

Calling the June 2014 incident in Brevard County Judge John Murphy’s courtroom a “national spectacle” that was “fundamentally inconsistent with the responsibilities of judicial office,” the Florida Supreme Court said removal was the appropriate sanction, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

Part of the incident was captured on a courtroom security video before the two men exited the courtroom. At that point, a struggle could be heard. Some earlier news links to the video appear to be broken, but it can still be found on YouTube.  HOT TEMPERED JUDGE NO MORE.  GOOD RIDDANCE!

 

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