Commission Final Actions

Commission Final Actions

Issued by the JUDICIAL DISCIPLINE & DISABILITY COMMISSION

On May 14, 1990 the Supreme Court eliminated a private reprimand as a possible sanction that could be imposed by the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission. Prior to that date, the Commission issued private reprimands to three (3) separate judges.

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2022

Judge Disposition Date Disposition
Judge Brad Karren January 21, 2022 Letter of Censure and Remedial Measures
Judge Don Bourne August 1, 2022 Letter of Censure and Recommendation of Suspension without Pay
Judge Robin Carroll September 29, 2022 Letter of Sanction and Recommendation of Suspension without Pay

2021

Judge Disposition Date Disposition
Judge Barry Sims May 21, 2021 Letter of Censure and Recommendation of Suspension
Judge Jerry Ryan March 19, 2021 Letter of Informal Adjustment
Judge Dale Lipsmeyer March 19, 2021 Letter of Informal Adjustment

2020

Judge Disposition Date Disposition
Judge John Throesch May 1, 2020 Removal From Office

2019

Judge Disposition Date Disposition
Judge Wendall Griffen 6/14/19 Dismissal 
Judge Philip Smith 2/22/19 Letter of Reprimand

2018

Judge Disposition Date Disposition
Chief Justice John Dan Kemp,Associate Justice Robin Wynne,Associate Justice Courtney Goodson,Associate Justice Jo Hart,Associate Justice Karen Baker,Associate Justice Rhonda Wood, Justice Shawn Womack 11/21/2018 Dismissed 
Judge David Carruth 11/16/2018 Letter of Admonishment
Judge Jim O’Hern 11/16/2018 Letter of Admonishment
Justice Shawn Womack 10/04/2018 Formal Statement of Charges
Chief Justice John Dan Kemp,Associate Justice Robin Wynne,Associate Justice Courtney Goodson,Associate Justice Jo Hart,Associate Justice Karen Baker,Associate Justice Rhonda Wood 09/20/2018 Formal Statement of Charges
Mary Spencer McGowan 07/13/2018 Letter of Censure
Wendell Griffen 06/08/18 Formal Statement Of Charges

2017

Judge Disposition Date Disposition
William “Bill” Pearson  04/25/2017 Letter of Admonishment 
Tom Hughes  03/28/2017 Dismissal with Cautionary Instruction
Wade Naramore  03/03/2017 Dismissal Notice
Timothy Parker 01/03/2017 Letter of Removal from Office

2016

Judge Disposition Date Disposition 
Mary McGowan 11/18/2016 Letter of Informal Adjustment
Attorney James L. Williams 07/15/2016 Letter of Informal Adjustment
O. Joseph Boeckmann 05/09/2016 Letter of Resignation

2015

Judge Disposition Date Disposition
Former Judicial Candidate Attorney Jeanette Robertson 03/20/2015 Letter of Admonishment
George Van Hook, Jr. 01/15/2015 Letter of Censure

2014

Judge Disposition Date Disposition 
Doug Martin 11/21/14 Letter of Censure
Don Bourne 09/19/2014 Letter of Informal Adjustment 
Michael A. Maggio 09/11/2014 Per Curiam For Supreme Court of Arkansas
Michael A. Maggio 08/06/2014 Letter of Suspension and Removal from Office
Keith Blackman 03/21/2014 Letter of Informal Admonishment

2013

Judge Disposition Date Disposition
Philip G. Smith 11/15/2013 Letter of Informal Adjustment
Annie Powell Hendricks 09/20/2013 Letter of Informal Adjustment
Gerald Kent Crow 05/17/2013 Letter of Reprimand and Letter of Censure 
Robert Batton 05/17/2013 Letter of Reprimand

2012

Judge Disposition Date Disposition 
Ken Harper 10/25/2012 Letter of Resignation 
Sam Pope 10/04/2012 Order of Suspension 
Larry Hayes 09/26/2012 Letter of Retirement
Ken Harper 09/20/2012 Formal Statement of Charges
Sam Pope 09/07/2012 Letter of Suspension without Pay
Brad Karren 04/27/2012 Letter of Reprimand
Edwin Keaton 04/27/2012 Letter of Censure

2011

Judge Disposition Date Disposition 
Mary Ann Gunn 11/18/2011 Public Dismissal Letter
Kenneth Harper 11/18/2011 Letter of Public Reprimand and Letter of Censure 
L.T. Simes 05/05/2011 Letter of Reprimand 
Joseph Boeckmann 03/18/2011 Letter of Admonishment 
Stanley Ludwig 01/14/2011 Letter of Resignation

2010

Judge Disposition Date Disposition 
Mark Johnson 03/19/2010 Letter of Admonishment 
Barry Sims 03/19/2010 Letter of Admonishment 
Willard Proctor, Jr. 01/25/2010 Supreme Court Mandate to Remove

2009

Judge Disposition Date Disposition 
L.T. Simes 11/05/2009 Order of Suspension 
Jerry Patterson 09/18/2009 Dismissed without prejudice
Donald E. Warren, Sr. 08/18/2009 Letter of Resignation
Edwin Keaton 01/16/2009 Letter of Reprimand
Jim Gunter 01/16/2009 Letter of Reprimand

2008

Judge Disposition Date Disposition
Donald Warren 12/17/2008 Formal Statement of Charges
L.T. Simes 11/21/2008 Formal Statement of Charges
Mary McGowan 11/21/2008 Letter of Reprimand
L.T. Simes 11/21/2008 Letter of Reprimand 
Phillip Smith 07/18/2008 Letter of Admonishment
Elizabeth Wise 04/18/2008 Letter of Admonishment 
Stanley Ludwig 03/21/2008 Letter of Reprimand

2007

Judge Disposition Date Disposition 
Thomas Brown 01/10/2008 Letter of Resignation
Norman Wilkinson 02/16/2007 Retirement from office during investigation

2006

Judge Disposition Date Disposition
L.T. Simes 05/24/2006 Letter of Admonition 
Jim Bob Steel 05/24/2006 Letter of Resignation and Agreement never to serve in the Arkansas Judiciary

2005

Judge Disposition Date Disposition
Frank D. Davis, III 06/09/2005 Censure with Findings

2004

Judge Disposition Date Disposition
Edwin J. Alford 11/19/2004 Letter of Admonishment 
Fred D. Davis, III. 07/13/2004 Suspension from office with pay
L. T. Simes 10/15/2004 Informal Adjustment
William Watt  08/11/2004 Modification of Resignation June 18, 1996 agreement 
J. Finch 05/24/2004 Letter of Admonishment

2003

Judge Disposition Date Disposition
W. Q. Hall 11/18/2003 Letter of Resignation and Agreement to never serve in the Arkansas Judiciary 
Rodney P. Owens 01/09/2003 Letter of Resignation and Agreement to never serve in the Arkansas Judiciary

2002

Judge Disposition Date Disposition 
Wendell L. Griffen 11/20/2002 Letter of Admonishment Withdrawn
Phil Shoffner 11/19/2002 Letter of Admonishment
Russell “Jack” Roberts 11/18/2002 Informal Adjustment
Stephen P. Sawyer 09/20/2002 Letter of Admonition
Sam Whitfield 09/20/2002 Letter of Resignation and Agreement to Never Serve in the Arkansas Judiciary

2001

Judge Disposition Date Disposition
Stephen D. Lawrence 12/20/2001 Letter of Resignation & Agreement to Never Serve in the Arkansas Judiciary 
Rodney Owens 12/20/2001 Voluntary Suspension Pending Dispassion of Criminal Charges
William P. Rainey 09/24/2001 Letter of Admonition
Robert Batton 09/24/2001 Letter of Admonition
Roy Thomas 08/08/2001 Letter of Resignation and Agreement to Never Serve in the Arkansas Judiciary
John E. Jennings 02/08/2001 Letter of Admonishment
Fred D. Davis 02/08/2001 Letter of Admonishment
Bill Ross 02/08/2001 Letter of Final Action & Memorandum of Understanding

2000

Judge Disposition Date Disposition 
Fred D. Davis III 1/21/2000 Letter of Admonishment and Mandatory Counseling
Gary Isbell 01/21/2000 Informal Resolution 
Judith Rogers 03/22/2000 Early Retirement
Morris Thompson 05/10/2000 Removed from Office
Donald Huffman 07/22/2000 Letter of Admonishment
Sam Whitfield 07/22/2000 Letter of Admonishment
Berlin Jones 09/22/2000 Reprimand-Final Decision and Order

1999

Judge Disposition Date Disposition
Tom J. Keith 01/15/1999 Letter of Admonition
W. Q. Hall 03/12/1999 Letter of Admonition
Steve Inboden 03/12/1999 Letter of Admonition
Lee Munson 09/17/1999 Letter of Admonition
W.Q. Hall 11/19/1999 Letter of Admonition
John Norman Harkey 11/19/1999 Informal Resolution 
Jim Bob Steel 11/19/1999 Letter of Reprimand, Final Decision and Order
Morris Thompson 12/16/1999 Recommendation- Removal from Office

1998

Judge Disposition Date Disposition
Jack Lewis 07/17/1998 Letter of Admonition
Gayle Ford 09/18/1998 Informal Adjustment 
Edwin Keaton 09/18/1998 Letter of Admonition
Benny Swindell 11/11/1998 Retirement from Office during Investigation
William McKimm  11/20/1998 Censure

1997

Judge Disposition Date Disposition
Olly Neal 01/17/1997 Letter of Admonition
Jerry Patterson 01/17/1997 Letter of Admonition
Fred D. Davis., III 04/23/1997 Reprimand
Durwood King 05/21/1997 Reprimand
William McKimm 05/21/1997 Informal Adjustment
Stephen E. Morley 08/07/1997 Resignation from Office prior to Formal Disciplinary Hearing
Stephen Choate 09/19/1997 Letter of Admonition
Fred Davis, III 09/19/1997 Letter of Admonition
Scott Adams 09/19/1997 Letter of Admonition
Larry Hayes 09/19/1997 Letter of Admonition

1996

Judge Disposition Date Disposition
Thomas Brown 01/19/1996 Letter of Admonition
William W. Watt 06/17/1996 Resignation from Office During Investigation
Russell Rogers 11/15/1996 Letter of Admonition
Stephen S. Thomas 11/15/1996 Suspension Without Pay for Six (6) Months

1995

Judge Disposition Date Disposition
Scott Adams 01/20/1995 Letter of Admonition
Max Harrison 01/20/1995 Letter of Admonition 
Les Evitts 05/19/1995 Letter of Admonition 
David Reynolds 05/19/1995 Letter of Admonition
Fred D. Davis III  09/15/1995 Letter of Admonition
Roy Thomas 11/17/1995 Letter of Admonition
Stephen S. Thomas 12/18/1995 Suspension with Pay

1994

Judge Disposition Date Disposition 
Charles Plunkett 03/15/1994 Retirement from Office during Investigation
Van Taylor 07/18/1994 Letter of Admonition
John Plegge 09/20/1994 Informal Adjustment

1993

Judge Disposition Date Disposition 
Marcia Brinton 01/21/1993 Informal Adjustment
David Hale 10/22/1993 Resignation from Office during Investigation
Jack Lewis 11/23/1993 Letter of Admonition

1992

Judge Disposition Date Disposition 
Joel C. Cole 09/14/1992 Censure
Bill Watt 11/24/1992 Letter of Admonition
Ray Hodnett 11/24/1992 Letter of Admonition

1991

Judge Disposition Date Disposition
Scott Adams 02/20/1991 Letter of Admonition
Ted Capeheart 05/20/1991 Letter of Admonition
Lee Munson 06/25/1991 Letter of Admonition 

1990

Judge Disposition Date Disposition
Williams P. Switzer 02/12/1990 Suspension from Office with Pay
Terry P. Diggs 04/18/1990 Letter of Resignation
Paul H. Jackson 05/07/1990 Suspension from Office with Pay
Van B. Taylor 07/24/1990 Letter of Admonition
Tom Keith 07/24/1990 Letter of Admonition
Paul H. Jackson 11/13/1990 Letter of Resignation
Francis Donovan 11/16/1990 Letter of Admonition
Francis T. Donovan 11/16/1990 Letter of Admonishment Withdrawn

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