The Washington State Supreme Court has suspended a King County judge who has been compared to "Judge Judy." This is the TNT.com report from Olympia, WA:
"[A] King County judge who has been compared to TV's 'Judge Judy' should be suspended without pay for five days for being rude to defendants in her courtroom.
[The] court ruled Thursday that King County District Judge Judith Eiler violated rules requiring judges to be 'patient, dignified, and courteous' to defendants, lawyers and others.
Five justices, led by Justice Jim Johnson, ruled in favor of the five-day suspension plus censure. But four others insisted that Eiler should be subject to a 90-day suspension recommended by the Commission on Judicial Conduct."
I've witnessed this routine many times over the years. As I've said previously, there is some frustration on the part of some judges that they are powerless to actually affect behavior of the defendants who appear, oftentimes, again and again before them. The judges aspire to say something that might register in a positive way on these folks that will work to the advantage of the justice system and the community. This is especially true in "small law" courts.
Unfortunately there are some jurists who lose their professional demeanor and become the sort of rude and outrageous parody of the teevee judges that apparently prompted the State of Washington to act as it has in Judge Eiler's case.