And, I wrote about other male judges engaging in egregious gender discrimination against women - in four different states.
After a public outrage, the Nevada judge Conrad Hafen was voted out of office.
Other judges, as far as I know, still remain on the bench.
Now in Maryland now, another case of #MaleChauvinistGaloreOnTheBench develops where #JudgeAlfredNance
fights a disciplinary complaint claiming that he is persistently rude with female public defender Deborah K. Levi by claiming that she is "recalcitrant" - and thus, the judge's logic appears to be, is not entitled to be treated by the male judge in a civilized manner.
Specifically, female criminal defense attorneys for the indigent should be treated, as long as they are labeled "recalcitrant" by male judges, in the following way:
Deborah K. Levi, a young female attorney, is a publicly recognized dedicated defender of the poor in the felony division of Maryland Public Defender's office:
Here is how Judge Nance reportedly treated Deborah Levi though when she represented an indigent criminal defendant in a high-stakes murder trial:
After demeaning Levi throughout the trial, Judge Nance called a mistrial in a murder case claiming that Levi's behavior during the trial was allegedly so "disrespectful" that it affected the jury's perception of her client and interfered with her defense.
That was instead of stepping down from the case where Judge Nance obviously felt a strong bias against the female defense counsel.
And, Judge Nance has been infamous for that bias, and misconduct, and was subjected to disciplinary proceedings for such conduct on two prior occasions - in 2001 and in 2004:
Of course, notwithstanding that biased ruling, attorney Levi moved to dismiss criminal proceedings against her client on double jeopardy grounds - and won it, in front of a female judge.
Had judge Nance been properly disciplined before his 2014 re-election campaign, he would likely not have been elected, and women in the courtroom would not have been subjected to his outrageous misbehavior.
Yet, the latest charges against Judge Nance were dismissed, and, despite Judge Nance's apparent bias against women, he was re-elected to a 2nd 15-year term in 2014, so he will "grace" the bench, unless he is booted now, until 2029, or until his mandatory retirement, whichever is closer.
In the disciplinary charges just filed by the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disability against Judge Nance, the Commission states the following:
So, contrary to Judge Nance's claims in his mistrial decision in the murder trial, it was not attorney Levi's "disrespectful" behavior that caused a mistrial, but it was Judge Nance's own biased behavior toward attorney Levi and her client that should have caused Judge Nance to step down from the case - but didn't.
The charges also indicated
- the level of disrespect to attorney Levi, asking what she is up to that she has put on her "go-to-war glasses", while attorney Levi did not ask the judge for any action, so the interaction was initiated by the judge and indicated that the judge either wanted to flirt with the young female attorney, or punish her for being young and independent;
- Judge Nance's comments that attorney Levi worked previously in a county the judge disliked,
- disrespectful comments to female jurors based on their education and disabilities, and
- sexually based comments of the judge to attorney Levi's client advising him to wait until he will start "playing with himself" until he reaches his jail cell, and warning him, in another case, that the judge will find a violation of his probation if "his tinkle was dirty".
- judges should be elected for shorter terms;
- should not be allowed to be re-elected for repeat terms, not to get too "cozy" on the job, feeling he can do anything at all with impunity; and
- there should be a quicker and easier mechanism for removal of judges from the bench, and a mechanism involving jury panels of lay jurors, not panels populated by judges or attorneys whose livelihood is regulated by judges - because both of these groups have irreconcilable conflicts of interest in disciplining "their own".
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