December 12, 2011
Bond Comments Draw Reprimand
The Tennessee Court of the Judiciary has publicly reprimanded a judge for two incidents involving a bond he set. He called an attorney into court when there was no proceeding to question him over an appeal of the bond.
He also criticized a judge who had lowered a bond he had set. The comments were made in an open court proceeding attended by the press.
From the reprimand:
...you promptly responded admitting the factual basis for the
complaints. During subsequent discussions with Disciplinary Counsel
you acknowledged that although your intention during the course of
these two incidents was to express your concern concerning certain
law enforcement matters, you now realized that your actions were
inappropriate in both of these matters. You expressed your
intention to refrain from public comment or criticism concerning
pending matters handled by other members of the Judiciary and to
carefully ensure that the rulings of Superior Courts on appeals from
your Court are given full effect.
WMC.TV.com had this report. (Mike Frisch)
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