December 5, 2006 |
The Nevada Supreme Court this morning will begin weighing the constitutionality of a proposal to ban judges from personally soliciting or accepting campaign contributions, an important issue in the struggle to clean up and modernize the state's troubled judiciary. The measure, part of a wide-ranging reform effort, would put Nevada in line with most other states' codes of conduct that guide the behavior of judges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2001
Re "Measure F Appeal Will be Heard in San Diego" (March 10): "Cowardly" is the worst thing you can call a judge. Judges are supposed to be, above all, independent. That is what The Times quoted UC Irvine's political science department chairman as calling the Court of Appeal in Santa Ana because the six-justice panel recused itself from the Measure F (anti-airport) appeal. The professor, Mark Petracca, an airport opponent, suggested that the justices feared recall if they heard the appeal and voted against popular opinion, which is strongly against the airport.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1994 |
Presiding Superior Court Judge James L. Smith said Tuesday that he will conduct an inquiry to determine whether two fellow judges breached ethics codes by accepting limousine rides from a local attorney and failing to report the travel as gifts. "I'd be less than honest if I didn't tell you that I wish this hadn't happened," Smith said. "I feel badly about it. I wish I didn't have to do this."
July 27, 1994 |
Faced with an Aug. 15 deadline, key state legislators are trying to merge two similar bills designed to reform the state's heavily criticized judicial discipline system. The measures already have won overwhelming passage in the Assembly (78-0) and the Senate (39-0). But because the bills propose to amend the state Constitution, they have to be approved in a general election. The goal in coming weeks is to consolidate the bills into one measure and get it on the November ballot.
December 1, 1989 |
Municipal Judge Calvin P. Schmidt of Newport Beach was publicly scolded by state judicial authorities Thursday for giving preferential treatment to a friend's stepdaughter and making improper campaign contributions. But he was cleared of doing legal favors for a prostitute. In a sharply worded decision, the San Francisco-based judicial watchdog agency announced that Schmidt, 59, had "undermined public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary."
September 29, 1989 |
The state Commission on Judicial Performance on Thursday publicly rebuked a Ventura County judge for his "unusually lenient" handling of traffic tickets issued to the daughter of Assemblywoman Cathie Wright (R-Simi Valley). The commission's action marked the end of a four-month investigation of Ventura County Municipal Judge Bruce A. Clark, who dismissed two traffic tickets issued to 24-year-old Victoria Wright after meeting at his home with Cathie Wright in June, 1988.