Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Resign Before Running

The Louisiana Supreme Court affirmed findings of misconduct against a justice of the peace made by the Judicial Commission of Louisiana but rejected the proposed sanction of removal from office in favor of suspension without pay. The misconduct involved the failure to resign from the judicial office while seeking a non-judicial elective post. The court concluded that conscious intent to violate the judicial canons was not required to establish a violation and concluded that the misconduct cast a negative light on the judiciary. In mitigation, the court that the justice of the peace had never been the subject of prior discipline. (Mike Frisch)

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