Judge of the Day

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    Judge of the Day: Thor Anderson Doesn’t Let His Personal Feelings Interfere with the Law

    District Judge Thor Anderson, a trial court judge in Minnesota, could be a Judge of the Day simply on the strength of his powerful name. His dashing picture to the right — taken a long time ago, perhaps in a galaxy far, far away — would be enough to clinch the deal. But Judge Anderson […]

    56 Comments / / Jun 1, 2009 at 3:00 PM
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    A Judicial Smackdown in Dallas… Literally

    Two civil court judges in the Lone Star State got physical in their benchslapping yesterday, reports the Dallas Morning News Crime Blog: It was a reported shoving match between Judge Carlos Cortez of the 44th Civil District Court and Judge Eric V. Moyé of the 14th Civil District Court. The fight occurred in Cortez’s chambers […]

    78 Comments / / May 7, 2009 at 2:09 PM
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    Judge of the Day: Myron T. Steele

    Looks like Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Myron Steele has pulled a Kozinski. The (Delaware) News Journal reports that Steele sent out a racy video from his court e-mail account to “38 men,” who Steele said were former clerks, lawyers, another Delaware judge and a Delaware businessman. Of the 38 men, the journalist found only […]

    85 Comments / / May 4, 2009 at 2:29 PM
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    Judge of the Day: Lawrence “Lothario” DeBello

    The story of New Jersey Superior Court Judge Lawrence DeBello has the makings for a great romantic tale — the forbidden love between a judge and his law clerk. From the New Jersey Law Journal: A Mercer County, N.J., judge has admitted breaching judicial ethics and policies by sending romantic e-mails to his former law […]

    38 Comments / / Mar 30, 2009 at 1:12 PM
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    Judge of the Day: For Real.

    In Blawg Review #204, I quipped that lawyers don’t do well in a street fight. Thanks to Judge Ian Richards, I stand corrected. Check out this TMZ video: The video is a little grainy, so let me give you the play-by-play, after the jump.

    19 Comments / / Mar 25, 2009 at 10:53 AM
  • Judge of the Day, Samuel Kent

    Judge Kent Does Not Kiss and Tell

    The days following Valentine’s Day are always a good time time to check back in with ex-flames, long lost friends and alleged abusers. On that note, what has our old friend U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent been up to? This Tuesday, Senior U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson of Florida, who is presiding over Kent’s federal […]

    19 Comments / / Feb 19, 2009 at 11:05 AM
  • Judge of the Day, Pregnancy / Paternity, State Judges

    Judge of the Day: Joseph R. Wall, You Can Find Me at The Club

    If you’re sick and tired of paternity tests on every episode of Maury Povich, join the club — the baby mamas club, that is. In a decision by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, the court ruled that the trial court’s use of the term “baby mama,” along with other comments about the African-American defendant’s habits, […]

    110 Comments / / Feb 18, 2009 at 1:35 PM
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    Judge of the Day: Bankruptcy Judge Needs Family Law Refresher Course

    Judge James M. Peck has received two plum assignments. He’s been handling the Lehman bankruptcy and is overseeing the liquidation of Bernie Madoff’s investment firm. Some people have been hoping that Peck would lay the smack down on these companies; maybe the federal judge just became horribly confused about his responsibilities: Bankruptcy Judge James Peck, […]

    32 Comments / / Feb 2, 2009 at 3:59 PM
  • Judge of the Day, Racism

    Judge of the Day: Mark Badgett

    A piece of general advice for judges, lawyers, presidential candidates, and almost everyone else: avoid using the terms “you people” and “that one.” They tend to raise hackles. And get you removed from the bench. From Courthouse News Service: The North Carolina Supreme Court removed Judge Mark H. Badgett from the bench after he ordered […]

    46 Comments / / Oct 28, 2008 at 11:57 AM
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    MacArthur Award for Justice Richard Goldstone

    The MacArthur Foundation is known for its genius grants– a.k.a. “Out of the blue–$500,000– no strings attached”– that are given to 20 to 40 individuals each year in recognition of incredible creativity and originality. Last year, the Foundation started giving out a new award: the international justice award for individuals and organizations that have “been […]

    20 Comments / / Oct 27, 2008 at 10:35 AM
  • Judge of the Day, Politics

    Judge of the Day: Tena Campbell

    Just a reminder from the Judicial Code of Conduct: “a judge should refrain from political activity.” And clerks too. Duh, right? Well, Utah’s chief federal judge seems to have “forgotten” about canon 7 in her excitement about Obama. From the Salt Lake Tribune: Judge Tena Campbell, a President Clinton appointee, donated $100 to the Democratic […]

    38 Comments / / Oct 24, 2008 at 11:41 AM
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    Judges of the Day: Maria Espinosa Dennis and David Miller

    Florida judges are starting to get a rep for misbehavin’ here at ATL, from smoking pot in the park to insensitivity on the bench. Now we have two Miami-Dade Circuit judges succumbing to fax machine rage. From the Miami Herald: Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Maria Espinosa Dennis says she was battered at the courthouse — by […]

    14 Comments / / Oct 22, 2008 at 2:00 PM
  • Edward Nottingham, Judge of the Day, Prostitution, Sex, Sex Scandals

    Chief Judge ‘Naughty’ Nottingham to Resign?

    Chief Judge Edward Nottingham is a familiar figure for long-time ATL readers. The Colorado federal judge has starred in past posts such as “Chief Judge Nottingham: Putting the ‘Ho’ in Your Honor?” and “Chief Judge Nottingham Likes Strippers; Handicapped People, Not So Much.” A quick recap of “Naughty” Nottingham’s misadventures: being too drunk to remember […]

    32 Comments / / Oct 20, 2008 at 1:03 PM
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    Using the Bathroom = Indecent Exposure?

    A Florida juvenile court judge is embroiled in a scandal we don’t quite understand. Judge Douglas J. Chumbley resigned yesterday, according to the Miami Herald. Here’s the puzzling reason why: Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Douglas J. Chumbley resigned Thursday after he was accused of exposing his genitalia in a Starbucks bathroom stall at the University of […]

    42 Comments / / Oct 17, 2008 at 3:18 PM
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    Judge of the Day: Susan Fornof-Lippencott

    This county judge in Ohio is being honored with ATL Judge of the Day for her creative sentencing. Judge Susan Fornof-Lippencott sentenced a local man to… gasp, the horror, the horror… Beethoven! From the Associated Press: Andrew Vactor was facing a $150 fine for playing rap music too loudly on his car stereo in July. […]

    33 Comments / / Oct 10, 2008 at 3:38 PM
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    Judge of the Day: Penny Brown Reynolds

    When it comes to the television bench, the great state of Florida seems to be the feeder court. See the list of Floridian judges turned TV judges at the end of this post. But Florida doesn’t have a monopoly on television jurists. From the Fulton County Daily Report: Writing that “God has called me to […]

    44 Comments / / Sep 11, 2008 at 10:50 AM
  • Judge of the Day, Prostitution, Sex, Sex Scandals, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Judge of the Day: Ronald Tills

    New York judge Ronald Tills is the guy you want in charge of your bachelor party. You might think he’s out of touch at 73 years old, but he still knows where to find the ladies. Unfortunately, they’re the kind you have to pay for. Tills pleaded guilty last week to violating the Mann Act […]

    11 Comments / / Sep 8, 2008 at 11:01 AM
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    Judge of the Day: James Muir-Little

    The end of this tale is tragic and grim, but we’ll focus on the salacious over the sad. From the Telegraph: James Muir-Little, 45, a deputy district judge, resigned his post before the outcome of disciplinary proceedings against him. He had cheated on his own wife with Joanne Hall, 31, a cardiac nurse, after meeting […]

    35 Comments / / Aug 28, 2008 at 2:14 PM