Mn. Judge’s Mental Condition Called Disabling


Hennepin County. Mn., Judge Harvey Ginsberg should be retired from the bench because he has a mental condition that affects his performance, the Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards has recommended to the state Supreme Court. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the board said that although there was a connection between Ginsberg’s mental illness and his run-ins with the law, it is not sufficient to excuse his conduct. The recommendation differed from a report from a fact-finding panel appointed by the Supreme Court, which said there was a causal connection between Ginsberg’s disability and his misconduct.

Ginsberg, 51, has been on medical leave since June 13, 2003, when he confronted a boy whom he suspected of stealing his son’s bicycle. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was put on probation for a year and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service. Last Friday, Ginsberg was convicted of third-degree criminal damage to property for keying a car after a confrontation in a grocery store parking lot. The Supreme Court panel said several mental health professionals who testified or submitted written reports agreed that Ginsberg suffered from three mental disorders, including a major depressive disorder.


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