Friday, July 1, 2011

Judging Friends

A judge who was randomly selected to hear a divorce case in which he was close personal friends with the parties has been censured by the Louisiana Supreme Court. The judge failed to recuse himself notwithstanding the close relationships.

The judge continued to socialize and communicate with the husband during the proceedings. The conduct was witnessed by several prominent attorneys who were aware of the situation. The judge also had entered an improper order in the matter that deprived the wife of custody for a period of time. (Mike Frisch)

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