Tuesday, October 4, 2011
A Louisiana district court judge was removed from office as a result of information that came to light in the FBI's Operation Wrinkled Robe. In approving the removal, the Louisiana Supreme Court specifically reserved the possibility of bar discipline based on the judicial misconduct.
A hearing committee report recommends an eighteen-month for the misconduct nunc pro tunc to the date of an interim suspension, which involved pressure from another judge to consider evidence outside the record in a civil case.
The public member opinion agrees that the respondent should receive credit for time served to February 10, 2010, when an interim suspension was imposed:
I was deeply moved by her testimony. I felt her deep sorrow and contrition for the one misstep when then Judge Bodenheimer approached and tried to sway her in the Demma case...Respondent has lost her position as a judge and her good name; she voluntarily surrendered her law license.
How much more pain and suffering must the Respondent endure? What she has suffered is enough; it is time for mercy.
One committee member concurs and dissents, believing that the suspension should be longer and without credit for time served. (Mike Frisch)