Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Judges In Trouble

The Tennessee Court of the Judiciary reprimanded a judge who had refused to make findings of fact in a case that had delayed the right of a litigant to pursue an appeal. In another matter, the judge had recused himself from a case and then signed a series of orders in the matter.

In an unrelated matter, a judge was suspended on an interim basis as a result of his indictment on charges of official misconduct. A story from the Camden Chronicle concerning the charges is linked here. (Mike Frisch)

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The recusal issue is interesting. I had an identical situation in Connecticut but rather than discipline the judge, the appellate courts went to incredible lengths to avoid considering the issue.

State v. Williams, 106 Conn.App. 323, 941 A.2d 985, cert. denied, 287 Conn. 908, 950 A.2d 1287 (2008).
http://www.jud.ct.gov/external/supapp/Cases/AROap/AP106/106AP161.pdf
http://www.jud.ct.gov/external/supapp/Cases/AROap/AP106/106AP161A.pdf

(See footnotes 1 & 2 in the main opinion.)

Stephen

Posted by: FixedWing | Oct 22, 2008 11:52:19 AM

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