Accused Superior Court Judge NOT GUILTY: ACJC
When a person files a complaint against a judge claiming judicial misconduct, the allegations remain confidential while under preliminary investigation by the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct (ACJC). Under the Rules of Court, claims of judicial misconduct do not become public until the ACJC finds sufficient cause to believe the allegations are true and files a formal complaint against the offending judge. Thereafter, the entire process becomes transparent and is handled publicly.
In In re Donohue, the ACJC conducted an exhaustive investigation into the allegations made against the judge, a process made all the more difficult by the complete lack of cooperation by the purported “victim” in the investigative process. At the conclusion of the investigation, the ACJC determined that there was no evidence to support any of the many claims of misconduct by the judge and closed the case. Not satisfied with this result, the complainant sought relief in the political arena by approaching members of the State Senate. Because of this action, the judge has authorized the public release of the confidential ACJC file and related investigative documents.
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