During a time when both his son and his wife were suffering from health issues, the respondent-magistrate judge (1) used profanity while scolding an attorney appearing before him and (2) yelled at a scheduling clerk for failing to provide him timely notice of a jury trial. Respondent thereby violated judicial canons requiring a judge (1) to act in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary and (2) to be patient, dignified and courteous to litigants, lawyers and others with whom the judge deals in an official capacity.
Respondent is publicly reprimanded and ordered to complete an additional 20 hours of anger management counseling.
In re Martin (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-031-22, 4 pp.) (Per Curiam) John Nichols and Sara Morris for the Office of Disciplinary Counsel; Robert Jamison Tinsley for respondent. S.C. S. Ct.