Lowering the Bench



Inappropriate Judicial Commentary, #37

"Nice butt." This comment, by a male judge with reference to a female criminal defense attorney, resulted in a disciplinary ruling yesterday by the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct.  The judge argued that he had only parroted a comment…


Judge Pearson Appeals in Lost-Pants Case

The Legal Times reported today that Judge Roy Pearson, who lost a bench trial in June in his $54 million lost-pants lawsuit against Custom Cleaners, has appealed. Pearson, who shed actual tears during the trial and yet seems to have…


“Too Drunk to Remember” Excuse Deployed by Federal Judge

News outlets in Denver are reporting that the chief federal judge in Colorado is facing some questions over credit card charges incurred at the "Diamond Cabaret" in downtown Denver.  For you cynics out there thinking that a place called the…


Pants Judge Notified He May Not Be Reappointed

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that, after due deliberation and a thorough and thoughtful consideration of all the evidence, a D.C. judicial commission seems to have finally reached the painfully obvious conclusion that Roy L. Pearson, he of the…


Judge Halverson Suspended by Nevada State Commission

The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline issued an interim order today (July 25) suspending Judge Elizabeth Halverson pending a final determination in the disciplinary proceeding against her.  The order means that after reviewing evidence and holding a hearing, the Commission…


No Reconsideration of Verdict in Pants Case: Appeal Looms

No surprises here — Roy Pearson's motion for reconsideration of the verdict against him in the lost-pants case was swiftly denied by Judge Judith Bartnoff. She ruled on Monday that the 35 pages of his motion did not include any…



British Judges and Lawyers No Longer Bewigged

Britain’s Lord Chief Justice, a position similar to our own Chief Justice, but lordier, announced today that judges and lawyers in that country will no longer be required to wear the white wigs that they have been practicing under since…