‘Sarcastic, Petulant’ NJ Judge Gets 30-Day Time Out


New Jersey's Supreme Court suspended Mercer County Superior Court Judge Bill Mathesius for 30 days without pay yesterday and told him to use the time off to “reflect on his position of authority.” The justices said Mathesius violated the code of judicial conduct by questioning a jury's acquittal of a weapons suspect and criticizing the appeals judges who reversed one of his decisions. He asked the weapons-case jury “what the hell” it was thinking, and he once suggested a defendant was “nuts” for rejecting a plea deal.

The Supreme Court found “indisputable proof of repeated and unremorseful instances of petulance, sarcasm, anger, and arrogance,” reports the Trentonian. In the past five years, Mathesius appeared before the judicial oversight board four times, resulting in two letters of admonition, one informal conference and one presentment.

Link: http://www.trentonian.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=17534997&BRD=1697&PAG=461&dept_id=44551&

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