Judges Behaving Badly

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Post by avidlurker » Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:35 pm

Hi everyone, I know the transcript of the case has been posted above but I don't think this video has and I thought some of you would enjoy this.


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Judge Suspended After He Told New Citizens to Accept Trump or ‘Go to Another Country’
by Ronn Blitzer | 1:28 pm, November 22nd, 2016 209

judge john primomo via screengrabLast week, LawNewz.com reported on a federal judge who told new American citizens that people who can’t accept that Donald Trump is President-elect should “go to another country.” Well, now he’s paying the price.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John Primomo, who had been overseeing citizenship ceremonies since 1989, was suspended from conducting future ones, as of Monday. On Tuesday, the judge announced that he will retire next year.

Judge Primomo had made his remarks during a citizenship ceremony. He said at the time, “I can assure you that whether you voted for him or you did not vote for him, if you are a citizen of the United States, he is your president,” and added, “He will be your president and if you do not like that, you need to go to another country.” Primomo claimed that he only meant to promote respect for the office of the presidency, and that he didn’t even vote for Trump.
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Post by Notorial Dissent » Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:33 am

That was amazingly quick and to the point.


The fact that you sincerely and wholeheartedly believe that the “Law of Gravity” is unconstitutional and a violation of your sovereign rights, does not absolve you of adherence to it.

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Post by RTH10260 » Tue Nov 29, 2016 4:35 am

Pennsylvania judge accused of having sex with defendant's girlfriend

BY MICHAEL TANENBAUM PhillyVoice Staff

A veteran Pennsylvania judge was hit with administrative charges Wednesday after the state's Judicial Conduct Board presented evidence alleging he had sex with the girlfriend of a defendant in his drug and alcohol treatment court.

In a document outlining the four charges against District Judge Michael Shaw, of Sayre, the conduct board provides a summary of the "sexting" that occurred around the time of alleged 2014 encounters between the Bradford County judge and the girlfriend of the man participating in treatment.
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Post by bob » Sat Jul 01, 2017 3:33 am

LAT: Judge in Stanford swimmer sexual assault case faces recall campaign:
A group of activists filed paperwork Monday to officially launch a recall election against a Santa Clara County judge who was criticized for his decision to sentence a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.

Fifty activists, who are being led by Stanford law professor Michele Dauber, turned in a “notice of intent” with the Santa Clara County registrar of voters, setting into motion a complex series of steps to remove Judge Aaron Persky from the bench in the next election cycle.

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Now that the “notice of intent” was filed, Persky has . . . until July 3, to turn in a written response, said Anita Torres, spokeswoman for the county’s registrar of voters. The response must be no longer than 200 words.

In his response, Persky would probably try to make a case on why he should remain in office.

Both the group’s notice and Persky’s response will be included in the next election’s voter guide, she said.

From there, the group must file an official recall petition, which must be reviewed and approved by election officials. The group will then have 160 days to gather signatures and turn them into the election’s office.

They must collect 58,634 signatures, which is 20% of the votes counted in the last countywide judicial election in November 2014, Torres said.

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All of these steps must be completed before March 9 to be combined with the June 5, 2018, countywide election, Torres said. However, a June 5 election is not guaranteed.

Paperwork requirements, signature counts or board scheduling could cause delays in the process, she said.
1. Due to timing issues, Persky ran unopposed last year, and was elected to another six-year term.
2. Only Santa Clara County residents can sign the recall petition.
3. The CJP explained (in December) why it wasn't going after Persky (executive summary: he did nothing unethical).

And:
After Persky’s controversial ruling, lawmakers passed legislation in California this year that expanded the definition of rape and increased penalties for offenders who assault unconscious victims.


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Post by RTH10260 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:08 pm

Judge: I was pushed into slugging lawyer — and video backs me up
By Rebecca Rosenberg September 18, 2017 | 10:56am

A judge criminally charged with assault for drunkenly slugging a Legal Aid lawyer outside a Manhattan party insists the trash-talking defense attorney started the beef — and says he has the video to prove it.

Probation Judge Robert Beltrani, 54, was arrested for slugging lawyer Sam Roberts, 48, Oct. 20 and was suspended without pay pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing.

The surveillance video, a copy of which was obtained by The Post, shows Roberts exit the Chelsea venue at 115 W. 18th St. and walk directly over to Beltrani as he chats with the party’s host, lawyer Andrew Bernstein.​​

After a 50-second conversation, Roberts clearly shoves Beltrani with his left hand before the feisty jurist nails him with a right cross to the face.
http://nypost.com/2017/09/18/judge-i-wa ... cks-me-up/




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Post by NMgirl » Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:03 pm

The child's parents were in a custody battle. Judge Hughes had ordered the mother of the child to bring her daughter to court. According to the formal statement of charges, Hughes ordered everyone to leave the courtroom except for the child and addressed the child alone with no parents or advocates present for nine minutes. Judge Hughes made the decision the child would go home with her father, instead of her mother.

Here is an excerpt from the video:

Girl: "Please no.... (crying). I want to be with my mama. Please. I don't want to be with him."
Judge Hughes: "I've made my decision. I've already told you that."
Girl: "I beg of you."
Judge Hughes: "You don't need to beg. I've made the decision for your best interest."
Girl: "How do you know my best interest? You don't know me."
Judge Hughes: Because I told you. "I'm a grown-up, and you're a child."
Girl: "Please, please, please, please, please."

Judge Hughes also threatened to lock up the child if she did not comply. The I-Team is not identifying the child.

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Post by Whatever4 » Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:21 pm

:o :shock: What the....


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Post by Sugar Magnolia » Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:24 pm

PEARL, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
On Wednesday, Pearl Youth Court Judge John Shirley reportedly resigned and the Pearl Municipal Youth Court was permanently closed after the judge was accused of depriving a mother contact with her 4-month-old child until she paid court-imposed fees.

The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center admittedly called for Judge John Shirley to be fired.

According to Cliff Johnson, Director of the MacArthur Justice Center’s Mississippi office, Judge Shirley entered an order on August 22, 2016, prohibiting Johnson’s client, referred to as “Mother A” due to strict youth court confidentiality laws, from having any contact with her baby until she paid court fees in full.

According to the MacArthur Justice Center those fees still have yet to be paid. However, an order was entered on Wednesday reversing Judge Shirley’s earlier decision and returning the now 18-month-old child to the mother after 14 months.
More at the link.
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Post by Whatever4 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:06 pm

Taking a child at gunpoint, asking fit a return if money is given... kidnappimg? :confused: :torches:


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Post by vic » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:26 pm

For want of a comma, the appeal was lost.

Or more likely, because some judges don't believe that defendants deserve a lawyer.

https://abovethelaw.com/2017/10/suspect ... a-counsel/
Suspect Asks For A ‘Lawyer, Dog,’ Willfully Ignorant Court Denies Comma, Counsel

I expect courts in Louisiana to do everything they can to deny African-American criminal defendants their constitutional rights. It’s just how they roll. But I also expect courts, even in Louisiana, to not be so obvious about their racial animus. You can do a lot to deny rights to black suspects without twirling your mustache and turning the adjudication of justice into a complete joke.

Here, they’ve gone too far. Suspect Warren Demesme asked for a lawyer while he was being questioned by the police. The police did not provide a lawyer and the Louisiana Supreme Court denied his writ of certiorari, because they claim that his request for a lawyer was ambiguous. Here’s what Demesme said, according to the Court, from Reason:
“If y’all, this is how I feel, if y’all think I did it, I know that I didn’t do it so why don’t you just give me a lawyer dog cause this is not what’s up.


I’m not joking. The Court ruled, 8-1, that “lawyer dog” was too ambiguous. The concurring opinion from Justice Scott Chrichton highlighted this supposed ambiguity.
In my view, the defendant’s ambiguous and equivocal reference to a “lawyer dog” does not constitute an invocation of counsel that warrants termination of the interview and does not violate Edwards v. Arizona, 451 U.S. 477, 101 S.Ct. 1880, 68 L.Ed.2d 378 (1981).
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Edit: I originally found this on Language Log, where there's discussion from a linguist's perspective.



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Post by Sugar Magnolia » Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:18 am

vic wrote:
Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:26 pm
For want of a comma, the appeal was lost.
“If y’all, this is how I feel, if y’all think I did it, I know that I didn’t do it so why don’t you just give me a lawyer dog cause this is not what’s up.

It wasn't a punctuation error, it was a spelling error. If the transcript had said "lawyer dawg" this would never have happened.



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Post by bob » Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:56 am

There's oft quoted case law saying the niceties of an Oxford don are not required to invoke the right to counsel. I'm curious if a linguistics expert testified at the suppression hearing. (I'm guessing no.)

However, the introductory clause, "“If y’all, this is how I feel, if y’all think I did it" has some concerns, as it might be seen as equivocal or conditional. It would be nice to read the lower court's rulings.

(Too also: SCoLA only denied cert. All seven justices (silently) voted to deny; of the seven, one concurred to explain the reasons why. (And supreme courts rarely error corect for error-correction's sake.) De minimis.)


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Post by RTH10260 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:34 pm

Rochester judge Leticia Astacio denied bail, ordered back to jail
WROC
Published: October 23, 2017, 4:47 pm
Judge Leticia Astacio has been denied bail after being arrested on a bench warrant or missing a hearing related to a DWI conviction. (WROC)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) – Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio is back behind bars.

On Monday, Astacio appeared in front of Judge Stephen Aronson to face arraignment for allegedly violating the terms of her probation from a DUI conviction last year. According to court documents, Astacio visited del Lago Casino in Seneca County on Oct 15. without permission from her probation officer. This comes after she was accused of another unapproved visit to del Lago in September.

While the violations are pending, the judge decided to place Astacio in jail without bail for not receiving permission from her probation officer to leave Monroe County.

http://wivb.com/2017/10/23/rochester-ju ... k-to-jail/



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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:03 am

Neil Gorsuch Is Making Antonin Scalia Look Like Mother Theresa
http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/po ... ck-driver/


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Nevada Independent
Judge again tells felon to behave because Trump "could use your vote"

A Clark County judge has again suggested that felons who meet probation requirements would be able to cast a ballot for President Donald Trump in the 2020 election and that the Republican president “could use your vote.”

The Nevada Independent uncovered another instance of Clark County District Court Judge Susan Johnson telling a defendant in her court that she could vote for Trump if she meets all of her probation requirements, the third such publicly reported instance. Johnson previously told The Nevada Independent that she made the comments as a joke to put probationers “at ease,” and apologized for “offending anyone.”

In a sentencing hearing on Aug. 31, Johnson accepted a plea deal from defendant Monique Fresquez — in court on a felony charge of attempting to obtain and use another person’s identification — and outlined the various steps she would need to take to complete her parole — including obtaining a high school diploma or GED, abstention from alcohol and drug use and full time employment or a minimum weekly community service. ...

“What I’m hoping is that you will do everything you’re supposed to do so that you can get all of your civil rights, your liberties, restored to you,” she said. “Okay? So if you do everything I tell you to do, you will have your civil rights restored in about three years. You’ll be able to vote for Mr. Trump, I’m sure he could use your vote.”


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Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:03 am
Neil Gorsuch Is Making Antonin Scalia Look Like Mother Theresa
http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/po ... ck-driver/
Wow.

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/ma ... nse-maddin



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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:29 am

pipistrelle wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:02 am
Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:03 am
Neil Gorsuch Is Making Antonin Scalia Look Like Mother Theresa
http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/po ... ck-driver/
Wow.

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/ma ... nse-maddin
Yes. We have a real humanitarian on the bench. :sarcastic:


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Post by Slim Cognito » Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:23 am

Not sure where to put this, as this guy isn't a judge (yet) but watch this video of his hearing. He is being questioned by republican Sen. Kennedy from LA.

After our legal eagles pick themselves up off the floor, I can't wait to see your responses.



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Post by pipistrelle » Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:42 am

Slim Cognito wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:23 am
Not sure where to put this, as this guy isn't a judge (yet) but watch this video of his hearing. He is being questioned by republican Sen. Kennedy from LA.

After our legal eagles pick themselves up off the floor, I can't wait to see your responses.
IANAL, but I have to say that this guy should be embarrassed as heck and should withdraw just based on that.

Loved this:



Lots of other good commentary in the thread too.



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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:59 am

pipistrelle wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:42 am
Slim Cognito wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:23 am
Not sure where to put this, as this guy isn't a judge (yet) but watch this video of his hearing. He is being questioned by republican Sen. Kennedy from LA.

After our legal eagles pick themselves up off the floor, I can't wait to see your responses.
IANAL, but I have to say that this guy should be embarrassed as heck and should withdraw just based on that.

Loved this:



Lots of other good commentary in the thread too.
First, what a great interrogation by a Republican senator who has been a real [expletive] on other matters. The ignorance of basic trial fundamentals is YUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGEEEEEEE! Kennedy, as a trial lawyer, was apparently insulted by the nominations though he treated the nominees with kindness as he exposed their TOTAL ignorance.


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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:47 am

Be ready for Kennedy to vote in favor of the wholly disqualified nominee. Kennedy is a Republican, with no spine, and as subservient to Trump as Trump is subservient to Putin.

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Post by RVInit » Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:14 am

If anyone nominated me or asked me to interview for a job I wasn't qualified for, I would politely turn it down. I really can't wrap my head around why this guy would even put himself through a confirmation hearing. Did he think nobody would ask questions? Maybe it's a case of not knowing that he didn't know, but that is hard to believe. Utterly gobsmacked.


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RVInit wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:14 am
If anyone nominated me or asked me to interview for a job I wasn't qualified for, I would politely turn it down. I really can't wrap my head around why this guy would even put himself through a confirmation hearing. Did he think nobody would ask questions? Maybe it's a case of not knowing that he didn't know, but that is hard to believe. Utterly gobsmacked.
Heh.

So I am currently job hunting and have had to turn down a number of people attempting to recruit me for positions that I know I am not qualified for. It really short circuits them, they seem to have no idea how to respond sometimes and I have go through several iterations/wordings of 'no'.



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Post by bob » Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:06 am

Unqualified nominees have already taken the bench recently, so none of this is surprising.

What is more surprising he is a FEC commish. A FEC commish should be able to recall what was taught in law school. He's been at the FEC for a decade. Before that, he was a Senate committee staffer; before that, a House committee staffer. He should be better than that for those jobs.

His lack of litigation experience is ... understandable. As is his nervousness. Perhaps a fine human being, but just not judge material.

The president should fire whomever is feeding him these nominees for messing up the one real job: don't embarrass the president.


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