Law Courts and Ethical Procedures

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A powerful city court magistrate engages in a number of questionable activities while on duty. A list of some of the activities includes the following:

  • Borrowing money from court employees
  • Publicly endorsing and campaigning for a candidate for judicial office
  • Conducting personal business from the court chambers
  • Directing other business court employees to perform personal errands for him during court hours
  • Shutting court down early to prevent defendant from filing pleadings in an ongoing case
  • Taking kickbacks from private juvenile detention facilities for locking more juveniles up on questionable charges
  • Banning one of the defense attorneys in a case from speaking during the trial
  • Jailing an entire courtroom because a cellphone went off during a proceeding, and no one came forward to accept responsibility
  • Suggesting to persons appearing before him to contribute to certain charities in lieu of paying fines
  • Using court employees to perform translating services for his mother’s day care business

Assignment Guidelines

  • In 1,000 words, address the following:
    • Which, if any, of these activities would be considered unethical? Why?
    • Which of these activities, if any, would be considered ethical and acceptable? Why?
      • Be sure to use any research or examples to support your arguments.
      • Also be sure to address each of the above activities and explain whether or not you feel each is ethical or unethical.
    • Taken together, would these actions warrant the judge’s being disciplined? Would it warrant the judge's removal from office? Why or why not?
  • Be sure to reference all sources using APA style.

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Which, if any, of these activities, would be considered unethical? Why?

All the acts that the judge participated in were unethical. It is unethical for the judge to
deny a defense attorney the chance to express his views during the proceedings. The adjudicative
responsibilities of the judge call for every person to be accorded their right to contribute to the
legal proceeds especially where they have a legal interest (Alfini et al., 2010). Moreover, the
judge should be respectful of those he interacts with especially where their interaction is based
on an official capacity. Under courtroom professionalism, a party's defense counsel holds the
right to make his submissions that are meant to address the matter that will have been brought
before the court. This includes statements relating to the issue that has to be decided on by the
court as well as evidence that might influence the final outcome of the case. In the event that the
defense attorney feels the need to make a request that is respectful in nature, then he or she
should be allowed to do so.

The judge did not ...

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