judicial misconduct

May 11, 2022

Panel calls for Md. judge’s suspension for advising accused, gender bias

Maryland’s top court should suspend Charles County District Court Judge W. Louis Hennessy, the state Commission on Judicial Disabilities reported.

Aug 24, 2021

District judge faces disciplinary charges of advising defendants, bias against women

A Maryland District Court judge in Charles County faces disciplinary charges of judicial misconduct after allegedly giving legal advice to two men facing assault charges and speaking with their alleged domestic-violence victims. Judge W. Louis Hennessy also demonstrated bias against women and domestic violence victims while providing legal counsel, the Commission on Judicial Disabilities alleged [[...]

May 20, 2019

Md. high court adopts new rules for judicial misconduct, discipline

New rules for judicial discipline will take effect July 1 after the Court of Appeals approved a substantial overhaul last week. The Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure submitted recommendations in January for a “significant” rewrite of the rules governing judicial misconduct and discipline. The Court of Appeals held open meetings in April […]

Apr 10, 2019

Baltimore judge faces new disciplinary charges for alleged misconduct

A Baltimore judge already facing suspension for her behavior on the job has been charged with additional misconduct for allegedly attempting to manipulate an incident report to cast another judge in a bad light. The Commission on Judicial Disabilities previously found that Baltimore City District Judge Devy Patterson Russell had committed sanctionable conduct by yelling at […]

Sep 26, 2018

Judicial ethics panel votes to reprimand Prince George’s judge

A disciplinary panel voted to publicly reprimand a Prince George's County District Court judge who failed to disclose a previous private reprimand when he applied to the circuit court.

Jul 31, 2018

After high court decision, rules committee ready to act on judicial discipline changes

A district court judge complied with the law and did not commit sanctionable conduct in her handling of a 2015 relationship violence hearing, the Court of Appeals held Tuesday.

Jun 7, 2018

The challenge of judging judges

We are in the midst of an increased willingness of lawyers and litigants to use the judicial discipline commission to air their legitimate and illegitimate grievances.

May 13, 2018

Rules committee to revisit judicial discipline amendments

Maryland’s top court has ordered a Judiciary committee to revisit amendments to the judicial discipline rules, changes set aside in 2016 while a challenge to the process was on appeal. The Court of Appeals last week told the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure to take up the proposed rule changes again in […]

Mar 22, 2018

Court of Appeals dismisses discipline case against Howard Co. judge

The top court found investigators for the state judicial ethics panel did not prove sanctionable conduct beyond a reasonable doubt.

Jan 23, 2018

Howard Co. judge files exceptions in disciplinary case

Judge Mary C. Reese filed exceptions to the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities' findings that she committed sanctionable conduct in a 2015 case.

Jan 15, 2018

Congress’ harassment-reporting process angers accusers, accused

Congress' harassment-reporting process leads news summary including a Philippine news shutdown, a judge's resignation and a father's plea for his son's life.

Dec 21, 2017

Divided panel votes to discipline Howard County judge

A divided judicial discipline panel determined a Howard County judge committed sanctionable conduct in a 2015 relationship violence case and recommended she attend specialized training and be assigned a mentor judge.

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