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If judges issue bad rulings and people die, should the courts pass the disciplinary gavel?
USA Today Network January 27, 2022
NBC News' investigation found many states privately reprimand judges more than they do publicly. Out of thousands of judicial misconduct complaints filed with oversight commissions across the country between 2016 and 2020, roughly 1 percent resulted in public discipline or judge resignations, according to the investigation.
Data like that is why Lyn Schollett, the executive director of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, said she wasn't surprised the state Supreme Court tapped an internal panel to review Hall's decision to deny the protective order against Lorman.
The panel included one member of the state's judicial conduct committee who has federal experience and served as president of the state bar, three judicial branch colleagues of Hall's, the administrator of the circuit courts, and a staff attorney who provides "advice and support" to circuit court judges, according to the group's final report.
“It’s not objective and it wasn’t done from an outside perspective,” said Schollett. "It was a hard report for advocates to read."
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