FAMILY COURT JUDGE TAMRA GORMLEY GIVEN PUBLIC REPRIMAND AND A 45 DAY SUSPENSION FROM JUDICIAL SERVICE AND FORFEITURE OF PAY – ct. finds she denied due process in several cases

JUDICIAL CONDUCT COMMISSION UPHELD – JUDGE FOUND TO HAVE DENIED DUE  DUE PROCESS TO LITIGANTS

 The Ky. Supreme Court opinion issued on August 26, 2010 said:

 Incompetent judges can be eliminated at the ballot box.”  Judicial misconduct is different. The Judicial Conduct Commission’s review is not focused merely on the judge’s findings, conclusions, and ultimate

judgment, but on the judge’s demeanor, motivation, or conduct in following (or in not following) the law.

The (Judicial Conduct) Commission conducted its review and concluded the errors in Count I were so egregious that Judge Gormley could not claim the errors were made in good faith.

We believe Judge Gormley’s handling of the matter, together with the egregious rulings, displayed a bias or preconception or a predetermined view against the husband so as to impugn the impartiality and open-mindedness necessary to make correct and sound rulings in the case

For the violations in Count I and Count 11, the Commission imposed a public reprimand and suspended Judge Gormley from her duties as a Family Court Judge, without pay, for a period of 45 days.

A loss of pay for a Family Court judge of 45 days is roughly about $15,000.  Usually such suspensions also deprive the judge of credit towards retirement days for those days of suspension.

For full text of opinion go to:  For full text of case click case number  2009-SC-000736-RR.pdf

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