The Louisville Courier-Journal posts, "Senior Judge Martin McDonald faces ethical charges after threatening to strangle lawyer, suspension possible," by Andrew Wolfson. There is video at the link.
The Judicial Conduct Commission has charged Senior Judge Martin McDonald with violating the canons of judicial ethics — in part for threatening to strangle an attorney — and also moved to temporarily suspend him.
The agency, which has the power to remove judges from the bench, has set a June 4 hearing on the motion to temporarily suspend McDonald, saying he suffered a stroke about a 1½years ago that may “seriously” interfere with the performance of his duties.
McDonald’s lawyer, Timothy Denison, has filed a response denying the allegations and asking that the case be dismissed because McDonald finished his last day of service as a senior judge on May 31 and “will not adjudicate any more legal issues.”
In the second, in a death-penalty case, in an “intemperate voice” McDonald told a public defender that “if you ever call me on my cell phone again, I’ll strangle you again” and would get the attorney’s law licensed “yanked,” and that his arguments “bordered on the ridiculous.”
"Ky weighs suspending judge over behavior during death penalty appeal; Hearing set for Tuesday," is the AP's coverage by Brett Barrouquere, via the Republic.
Kentucky judicial officials are moving to suspend a senior judge over allegations of misbehavior during two hearings, including an appeal from a death row inmate.
A hearing is set for Tuesday in Paducah for Senior Judge Martin McDonald before the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission.
Earlier coverage of the incident begins at the link.