When a municipal court judge intervened in two traffic-ticket cases—marking a friend’s ticket “Not Guilty” prior to the scheduled hearing and asking a police officer to dismiss a case involving the judge’s brother-in-law—the judge violated several provisions of the Code of Judicial Conduct.
We issue a public reprimand, which is the strongest sanction we can impose now that respondent has resigned his duties as a judge.
In re Judge Mendelsohn (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-014-21, 3 pp.) (Per curiam) John Nichols and Carey Taylor Markel for the Office of Disciplinary Counsel; Donald Higgins Howe for respondent. S.C. S. Ct.