Wednesday, July 4, 2012

West Virginia decides not to file charges against judge for outburst

Yesterday I posted a note about the video showing a judge losing his temper in court (here) and a link to an article highly critical of the judge.  Today, Prof. Jonathan Turley is reporting that the West Virginia Supreme Court has announced that no charges will be filed against the judge in the case at least in part because "the judge is embarrassed and certainly contrite about his outburst."  Prof. Turley then argues that this "leaves some confusion over what it would take to get a charge out of the high court."  He also argues that "I have no doubt that [the judge] is embarrassed after becoming an Internet sensation. However, the video reveals conduct that is shocking and raises serious questions about Watkins’ suitability as a judge."  You can read Prof. Turley's latest comment on the case here.  The ABA Journal has more on the story here.