Judge’s Wisecracks NOT Funny….and Unethical Too!: ACJC – In re Convery
In a complaint dated April 1st and released last week, the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct (ACJC) has begun proceedings against Superior Court Judge James B. Convery. In the complaint, the ACJC Disciplinary Counsel alleges that in two different cases, the Judge made a series of spontaneous “jokes” from the bench which had the net effect of insulting parties, offending the attorneys, and creating the appearance of racial bias in his courtroom. The complaint goes on to charge that the Judge’s conduct constituted violation of several Canons of the New Jersey Code of Judicial Conduct and of the Rules of Court.
Judge Convery will now the opportunity to defend himself by filing an answer to the complaint and having the matter tried before the ACJC. All final judicial discipline in New Jersey is imposed by the Supreme Court.
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