February 4, 2013
Hard To Understand
The Louisiana Supreme Court has suspended a district court judge without pay for one year.
The court conceded that the case "involves circumstances which we admittedly find very hard to understand."
The circumstances had to do with a defendant that the judge had sentenced for cocaine distribution and an ongoing fued with a fellow judge.
The court found that the judge should have recused himself and had engaged in ex parte communications.
The court rejected the Judiciary Commission's recommendation for removal from office.
Justice Knoll dissented from the suspension sanction and was unimpressed with the "fueding judges" aspect of the case. Justice Knoll felt the the court should "pay no heed to petty squabbles based merely on speculation and extrapolation." (Mike Frisch)
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