Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Friend On The Bench

A state district court judge who improperly interfered with a pending matter involving a friend has been publicly reprimanded  hy the Nebraska Supreme Court.

...here is essentially no dispute that [Judge] Schatz used his judicial authority to order the release of Davlin without Davlin’s paying a bond. The record shows that Schatz’ actions were not in accord with how bonds were normally set in felony drunk driving cases. Specifically, the record shows that without Schatz’ intervention, Davlin would have remained in jail until his arraignment in county court, when presumably either he would have been released on his own recognizance or a monetary bond would have been set. In the latter and more probable circumstance, Davlin would have been held in jail until he posted bond.

While the court did not condone the conduct, it concluded that a number a mitigating circumstances justified a reprimand. (Mike Frisch)

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_profession/2014/04/a-state-district-court-judge-who-improperly-interfered-with-a-pending-matter-involving-a-friend-has-been-publicly-reprimanded.html

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