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Copyright (c) 2008 University of Richmond Law Review Association
University of Richmond Law Review

COMMENT: GUARDING THE GUARDIANS: JUDGES' RIGHTS AND VIRGINIA'S JUDICIAL INQUIRY AND REVIEW COMMISSION

November, 2008

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND LAW REVIEW

43 U. Rich. L. Rev. 473

Author

Jeffrey D. McMahan, Jr.*

Excerpt



I. Introduction
 
The headline read, "Pants-Dropping, Coin-Flipping Incidents Cost Virginia Judge His Job." 2 From the small town of Wise, Virginia, across the nation, and even across the Pacific Ocean to Australia, 3 the story of Judge James Michael Shull filled the ninety-second sound bytes of the twenty-four-hour news machine. Among other affronts, Judge Shull allegedly twice ordered a woman to remove her pants in court. 4 Of course, Judge Shull defended his actions by noting that he never ordered the woman to remove her pants, but that she offered to do so in order to prove the existence of a disputed wound; Judge Shull claimed he first declined her offer, but then he later allowed it when alternative evidence was unavailable. 5 Nevertheless, this portion of the facts was absent from the media coverage of the story. In the end, Judge Shull was removed from office when the Supreme Court of Virginia found that Judge Shull violated the judicial canons. 6

The story of Judge Shull is just one example of judicial impropriety. Other instances include the stories of Alcee Hastings, a federal judge impeached for accepting over $ 150,000 in bribes in exchange for favorable treatment at sentencing; 7 Harold Cobb Maurice, who was removed from the bench for misappropriating confiscated weapons and alcohol for personal use and illegal sale; 8 and Robert Restaino, a Niagara Falls City Court Judge who was removed after he jailed forty-six people in his courtroom because each failed to claim responsibility ...
 
 
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