239 P.3d 222 (Okla.Jud.Eth. 2010), 2010-5, Judicial Ethics Opinion 2010-5

Docket Nº:2010-5.
Citation:239 P.3d 222, 2010 OK JUD ETH 5
Judge Panel:Robert L. Bailey, Chairman, Milton C. Craig, Secretary, Robert E. Lavender
Case Date:August 10, 2010
Court:Oklahoma Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel

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239 P.3d 222 (Okla.Jud.Eth. 2010)

2010 OK JUD ETH 5


No. 2010-5.

Oklahoma Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel.

August 10, 2010

Editorial Note:

The Opinions of the Ethics Advisory Panel are advisory only and can be relied by the Council on Judicial Complaints while recommending discipline of a Judge or a Judicial Candidate and not binding on the Council or Courts in the exercise of their judicial discipline responsibilities.

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¶ 1 Questions: As a judicial candidate I have received the following questions from a local newspaper together with the information that the answers of all candidates will be published prior to the primary election; which, if any of these questions, may I answer and be in compliance with the Code of Judicial Conduct?

1. What is your opinion of deferred sentencing and when would you take that action?

2. Why are we seeing more and more suspended sentences, and what are your general thoughts on suspended and reduced sentences?

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3. When do you think it is appropriate for a judge to hear a case in chambers rather than in open court?

4. Describe the judicial philosophy you intend to follow in dealing with juvenile crime offenders?

5. Have you ever been sued by a client? If yes, explain.

6. Have disciplinary actions been taken against you upon a complaint by the Oklahoma Bar Association? Are any proceedings now pending? If yes to either question, explain.

7. Have you ever been cited or sanctioned for a breach of ethics or unprofessional conduct by any court or administrative agency? If yes, explain.

8. Have you been involved as a litigant in any civil litigation within the last ten years? If yes, explain.

9. Do you have health issues that the voters should know about?

10. Why are you running for this job and why should I vote for you?

¶ 2 Answers: Question 1: Yes, with restrictions.

Question 2:

Yes, assuming the validity of the question, with restrictions.

Question 3:

Yes, with restrictions.

Question 4:

No, other than that you will follow the law.

Question 5 through 9:

These questions do not deal with matters addressed in the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Question 10:

Yes, with restrictions.


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