Judges Behaving Badly

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What a train wreck.
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Notorial Dissent wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:38 pm
What a train wreck.
Her supporters display Sovcit levels of disconnectedness, now deluging the jail with calls to ignore the judge and release her.

I would certainly be curious to know, from the actual lawyers, how rare it is/isn't for an attorney that has never appeared in court to be elected or appointed a judge. Or, if the Chief Justice of your State Supreme Court dropped in one day to see how you're acclimating and offer some woman-to-woman support, would you make her and her security detail wait 30 minutes while you did paperwork in chambers, then have your bailiff tell them you decided you were too busy after all. That seems unwise :-D

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LtDansLegs wrote:
Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:50 am
Notorial Dissent wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:38 pm
What a train wreck.
Her supporters display Sovcit levels of disconnectedness, now deluging the jail with calls to ignore the judge and release her.

I would certainly be curious to know, from the actual lawyers, how rare it is/isn't for an attorney that has never appeared in court to be elected or appointed a judge. Or, if the Chief Justice of your State Supreme Court dropped in one day to see how you're acclimating and offer some woman-to-woman support, would you make her and her security detail wait 30 minutes while you did paperwork in chambers, then have your bailiff tell them you decided you were too busy after all. That seems unwise :-D
In Arkansas one of the best circuit court judges we had was appointed when she was a law school professor.

Another professor was appointed to the federal bench.

Both were/are excellent judges who met required case deadlines.

Lawyers know about deadlines, particularly juvenile law judges as those cases are based upon specific statutes with specific deadlines.
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Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
Wed Jul 24, 2019 1:53 pm
LtDansLegs wrote:
Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:50 am
Notorial Dissent wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:38 pm
What a train wreck.
Her supporters display Sovcit levels of disconnectedness, now deluging the jail with calls to ignore the judge and release her.

I would certainly be curious to know, from the actual lawyers, how rare it is/isn't for an attorney that has never appeared in court to be elected or appointed a judge. Or, if the Chief Justice of your State Supreme Court dropped in one day to see how you're acclimating and offer some woman-to-woman support, would you make her and her security detail wait 30 minutes while you did paperwork in chambers, then have your bailiff tell them you decided you were too busy after all. That seems unwise :-D
In Arkansas one of the best circuit court judges we had was appointed when she was a law school professor.

Another professor was appointed to the federal bench.

Both were/are excellent judges who met required case deadlines.

Lawyers know about deadlines, particularly juvenile law judges as those cases are based upon specific statutes with specific deadlines.
Thanks that's interesting to know. Obviously there's a learning curve with any job, but it does seem unfair (I guess for both judge AND defendant) to go from never having tried a case to 'boom, here's your courtroom so go decide peoples futures' so I was curious how common that might be.

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LtDansLegs wrote:
Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:50 am
Notorial Dissent wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:38 pm
What a train wreck.
Her supporters display Sovcit levels of disconnectedness, now deluging the jail with calls to ignore the judge and release her.

I would certainly be curious to know, from the actual lawyers, how rare it is/isn't for an attorney that has never appeared in court to be elected or appointed a judge. Or, if the Chief Justice of your State Supreme Court dropped in one day to see how you're acclimating and offer some woman-to-woman support, would you make her and her security detail wait 30 minutes while you did paperwork in chambers, then have your bailiff tell them you decided you were too busy after all. That seems unwise :-D
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LtDansLegs wrote:
Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:43 pm
Thanks that's interesting to know. Obviously there's a learning curve with any job, but it does seem unfair (I guess for both judge AND defendant) to go from never having tried a case to 'boom, here's your courtroom so go decide peoples futures' so I was curious how common that might be.
It is common enough for lawyers without trial experience to be appointed to appellate courts. It is less common for those without trial experience to be appointed to a trial court, but it happens. (Those tend to be more in the nature of a political favor.)

You can also be elected to a trial court without significant trial experience, e.g., Gary Kreep.
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John Shepard Wiley, Jr. was a UCLA law professor when he was appointed to the L.A. Superior Court bench. He distinguished himself as an excellent, patient, painstaking trial judge. He's now on the Court of Appeal and would make an excellent Supreme Court Justice.

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I'd say this goes here. SCOTUS gives Trump his Wall money win.

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:yeah:

Good call. :madguy:
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http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/ ... urt-rules/

Judges can't use taxpayer funds to sue clerk in paper-files dispute, state supreme court rules


Superior court judges in Franklin County, Washington, can’t use taxpayer funds to pay a specially appointed prosecutor to pursue a civil suit against the county clerk, the Washington Supreme Court has ruled.

The judges are free to sue the clerk in their dispute over the move to electronic filing, but they must do so at their own expense, the court said in an Aug. 8 opinion. Bloomberg Law and the Tri-City Herald have coverage.

The dispute stems from a move to electronic case management for superior courts throughout the state. Franklin County was an “early adopter,” according to the decision.

Shortly after implementation of the system, the Franklin County judges directed County Clerk Michael Killian to continue making and maintaining paper files. Killian refused. He said he didn’t have the budget to maintain duplicate paper files, which were unnecessary and never used after the transition.
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Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:31 pm
http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/ ... urt-rules/

Judges can't use taxpayer funds to sue clerk in paper-files dispute, state supreme court rules


Superior court judges in Franklin County, Washington, can’t use taxpayer funds to pay a specially appointed prosecutor to pursue a civil suit against the county clerk, the Washington Supreme Court has ruled.

The judges are free to sue the clerk in their dispute over the move to electronic filing, but they must do so at their own expense, the court said in an Aug. 8 opinion. Bloomberg Law and the Tri-City Herald have coverage.

The dispute stems from a move to electronic case management for superior courts throughout the state. Franklin County was an “early adopter,” according to the decision.

Shortly after implementation of the system, the Franklin County judges directed County Clerk Michael Killian to continue making and maintaining paper files. Killian refused. He said he didn’t have the budget to maintain duplicate paper files, which were unnecessary and never used after the transition.
I'm with the clerk. I have run a paperless office for 10 years. Except for the exhibit books I have to prepare at trial, and the original deposition transcripts I have to lodge before a witness I've examined testifies, everything is on a small Mac Air 13 inch laptop. And anything I want is a lot easier to find in a few seconds on the computer than if it were in one of the dozen boxes of paper records I'd have to bring. As a bonus, I can also project exhibits onto a screen from that very same computer (hooked up to a projector). Soon I'll be able to WiFi images to a 60 inch TV screen from the computer.

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Requiring them to pay their own expenses is likely the end of the lawsuit.

Why do these guys think they should be exempted from State level policy?

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Those judges didn’t keep up with technology. I retired in 2015 and in Arkansas’ largest cities everything was digital. The judges were the best with it!
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Jewish Death Row Inmate Bids for New Trial Because Judge Allegedly Called Him a ‘Godd*** K*ke’

Human rights advocates are sounding the alarm in Texas as a Jewish death row inmate is set to be executed against the backdrop of recently released evidence suggesting his trial judge was a racist and antisemite.

On Thursday, attorneys filed a Notice of Non-Opposition & Submission of Matter for Decision arguing that soon-to-be-executed Randy Halprin be granted a new trial due to the revelation of several anti-Latino and anti-Jewish comments made by former Dallas Judge Vickers Cunningham. Cunningham, it’s also been alleged, regularly used the n-word. An amicus brief was also filed and signed by over 100 Jewish attorneys from Texas, as well as the American Jewish Committee, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.

On August 22, a motion for stay of execution was filed with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals–citing recent media reports and signed declarations from the judge’s friends and colleagues attesting to his alleged bigotry. ...

Cunningham has been the subject of racist controversy before. As a Republican running for re-election in 2018, the now-former judge lost his seat after it was revealed that he created a trust fund for his children that rewarded them for marrying white Christians of the opposite sex.

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Update-

'Affluenza teen' jailed in Texas for probation violation
Ethan Couch, who used family wealth as a defense in 2013 for killing four people while driving drunk, was booked into jail after testing positive for THC.


https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/af ... d_nn_tw_ma
A Texas man who used "affluenza" as a defense at his trial for killing four people while driving drunk was arrested Thursday after authorities say he violated the terms of his probation.

Ethan Couch, 22, was booked into a jail in Fort Worth after he tested positive for the psychoactive compound in marijuana, court records show.

Couch's attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Jail records did not indicate whether his bond had been set Thursday afternoon.

Couch became know as the "affluenza teen" during his manslaughter trial for the 2013 crash. Couch, 16 at the time of the crash, was found to have a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit for adult drivers after the crash. But a psychologist told a juvenile court that he was affected by "affluenza," or irresponsibility caused by family wealth.
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Well, since we seem to be Couching in here, here is a little ditty about TX taxpayers getting soaked for his rehab.
Report: Texas taxpayers paid almost $200,000 to put 'affluenza teen' Ethan Couch through rehab
Couch's parents were “financially unable to pay” for the therapy.
By Joshua Fechter Published 12:13 pm, Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Ethan Couch — the infamous "affluenza teen" tentatively sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday — is too rich to go to prison for causing a fatal drunken driving crash, but not rich enough to pay for his own court-ordered rehab.
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During his trial, lawyers argued that Couch, then 16, suffered from "affluenza" — meaning that his parents gave him too much money and didn't discipline him. Therefore, they said, he didn't deserve prison time for the offenses.

According to court documents obtained by the newspaper, Fred and Tonya Couch paid $11,700 for their son's stint at the hospital between February 2014 and November 2014.

The state, however, was left to pick up Ethan Couch's remaining hospital tab, according to the newspaper.

The total: $188,300.
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Well, really a bad judge, not only behaving badly.
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Judge accused of calling juror 'Aunt Jemima' suspended

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Judge Mark Tranquilli was suspended after being accused of referring to a black female juror as "Aunt Jemima" repeatedly in comments he made in his chambers following the acquittal of a drug suspect on Jan. 24.

Allegheny County Bar Association said it is also "demanding a complete investigation by the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania."

Tranquilli was temporarily reassigned to summary appeals on Tuesday following an interview of the judge by court administration staff. He will be forbidden from hearing any case and will be restricted to "administrative duties only, effective immediately."

The judge allegedly made the comments in his chambers in the presence of the prosecutor, Ted Dutkowski, and the defense attorney, Joe Otte.
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Newsweek: Reinhardt Clerks Want ‘Bold Steps’ to Prevent Sex Harassment:
Dozens of former clerks for the late Ninth Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt signed a letter supporting an attorney who told Congress that he sexually harassed her during her clerkship.

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“We believe the clerk’s testimony that she experienced inappropriate conduct, including sexual harassment. We are thankful to the clerk for her courage in speaking out about her experience,” the clerks said in response to Olivia Warren’s allegations about her time in Reinhardt’s office at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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Warren, who clerked for Reinhardt in the year he died, alleged at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing Feb. 13 on workplace misconduct reforms in the federal judiciary that he sexually harassed her.

Warren described coming to her clerkship on the first day and finding a drawing of what appeared to be female breasts taped to a computer. According to Warren, the judge later told her he played a role in creating the drawing and asked her if it was accurate.

“Based on his tone and demeanor, I understood his question to be asking whether or not the drawing looked like my breasts,” Warren said.
ABL: Holy Crap! The Sexual Harassment Allegations Against The Late Judge Stephen Reinhardt Are Shocking.
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Federal Judge in Kansas Resigns After Reprimand for Sexual Harassment
The judge, Carlos Murguia, wrote in a letter to President Trump that he could “no longer effectively serve the court in this capacity.”
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By Mihir Zaveri
Feb. 19, 2020

A federal judge in Kansas who was publicly reprimanded last year for sexually harassing employees resigned on Tuesday, amid heightened scrutiny of workplace misconduct in the federal court system.

The judge, Carlos Murguia, of the United States District Court in Kansas City, Kan., has served as a district court judge since 1999.

On his resignation, effective April 1, he will become at least the third federal judge in four years to leave the judiciary after facing allegations of harassment or misconduct, underscoring a growing apprehension about a court system that some say has lacked rigorous protections against judges’ bad behavior.


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/19/us/j ... sment.html

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Cook County judge put on “administrative duty,” after surveillance video shows her locking up child.
The video, provided by the Cook County sheriff’s office, was recorded Feb. 19.

By Andy Grimm and Stefano Esposito Feb 27, 2020, 12:28am CST

A self-proclaimed “lock-’em-up” Cook County judge has been placed on “administrative duty,” after surveillance video surfaced of her putting a child in a courtroom lock-up reserved for adults.

The child, whose face is obscured in the Feb. 19 video, spent about 10 minutes locked up behind a wire-mesh door in a cell that appears to be otherwise empty. The video was provided to the Chicago Sun-Times by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

Cook County Judge Jackie Portman-Brown, the woman seen putting the child in the lock-up, could not be reached for comment.

“On February 26, Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans directed Criminal Division Presiding Judge LeRoy K. Martin Jr. to assign Circuit Judge Jackie Marie Portman-Brown to administrative duty, pending a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Circuit Court of Cook County on March 4,” according to a statement from Pat Milhizer, a spokesman for Evans.

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The video shows Portman-Brown escorting the child into the lock-up, while a male Cook County sheriff’s deputy briefly looks on. The judge then leaves. A female sheriff’s deputy is seen locking the wire-mesh door to the cell and then standing in front of the door, apparently talking to the child for much of her 10-minute stay. There is no audio with the video. At some point, another woman arrives, dressed in civilian clothing, and then leaves. The female deputy then unlocks the door and escorts the child out of the cell.
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Portman-Brown has earned a reputation as a highly unconventional judge. The items on her bench have included a cowbell, which she rattles when a defendant is finishing paying restitution, according to a 2016 profile in the Chicago Reader.

At one point in the profile, Portman-Brown is quoted as saying from the bench: “When you mess up, I’m like the Incredible Hulk: You do not wanna see me angry. When I get angry, I lock people up. I’m known as the lock-’em-up judge.”


https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/2/27/ ... g-up-child

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