Judge Was Drunk on Bench, Bullied & Abused Attorneys & Public : ACJC

In a complaint released this afternoon, the Disciplinary Counsel for the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct (ACJC) alleged that a municipal court judge appeared on the bench on several occasions while highly intoxicated and on other occasions bullied and abused attorneys and members of the public. The judge is also accused of public misconduct by utilizing his judicial position to attempt to intimidate members of the public outside of the courtroom.

Prior to the filing of the complaint, the respondent judge had resigned his judicial office. However, consistent with the Rules of Court, the judicial disciplinary process will continue. The respondent judge now has 20 days to file an answer to the complaint. Following the answer, he will be entitled to a full hearing before the ACJC. Final discipline, if any, will be imposed by the Supreme Court.

Download a copy of the ACJC complaint in In re Sasso.

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