It’s amazing to me that people who hold positions of trust and responsibility, can engage in repulsive conduct that brings into question their judgment, character and intelligence. The police officer in question has been demoted and suspended. Unfortunately, the judge will still be sitting on the bench because of his life time appointment.
It is very difficult to remove a federal judge from the bench. Impeachment is an option but not probable. I know from experience federal judges have to adhere to a code of conduct. Canon 2 of the code states: “A judge should avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety in all activities.” Canon 2A of the code states: “An appearance of impropriety occurs when reasonable minds, with knowledge of all the relevant circumstances disclosed by reasonable inquiry, conclude that the judge’s honesty, integrity, responsibility, temperament or fitness as a judge is impaired.”
Public confidence in the judiciary is eroded by irresponsible conduct by judges. This prohibition applies to both professional and personal conduct.
Judge Cebull’s actions violated both codes of conduct.
I have a chapter in my book, The Two Edged Sword, in which I detail my reasons for eliminating lifetime positions for federal judges and the Supreme Court. These judges not only become too powerful, but some, not all, develop the attitude of practically being a higher power and untouchable.
I hope Cebull makes the right choice and steps down. He has brought disrespect to the federal bench.
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