Saturday, November 7, 2009
The Arkansas Supreme Court declined to adopt a proposed removal of a circuit court judge by its Judicial Discipline and Disabilities Commission and suspended the judge through the end of his term of office in December 2010. The judge was found to have engaged in the practice of law after taking the bench in his dual role of counsel and administrator of an estate. He continued to receive rental payments from estate property and had not filed probate accounts. He also did not withdraw as counsel for the estate.
A dissent would find that the conduct was imprudent and would impose a 90 day suspension. (Mike Frisch)