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Case Disposition Tables

TABLE 1 Initial Inquiries, RFIs, Preliminary Evaluations

TABLE 2 Results of Commission Investigations

TABLE 3 Subjects of Informal Resolution

TABLE 4 Results of Public Disciplinary Cases

TABLE 5 Requests for Informal Guidance

Cumulative tables

TABLE 1
Initial Inquiries, RFIs, Preliminary Evaluations (2010-2014)

  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Five-Year Total
Initial Inquires 417 492 438 396 425 2,168
RFIs 58 52 30 43 33 216
RFIs dismissed on preliminary evaluation 1 41 29 18 33 27 148
Investigations authorized 2 17 21 12 10 6 66

1 Includes RFIs carried over from the prior year and excludes those filed too late in the reporting
year to be evaluated before December 31.

2 More than one RFI may be included in one investigation.

TABLE 2
Results of Commission Investigations (2010-2014)

  2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Five-Year Total

Dismissed, no action 1

6

5

12

16

6

45

Dismissed with letter of concern, etc.

3

4

5

4

4

20

Complaint filed in the Supreme Court

0

0

1

0

0

1

Total

9

9

18

20

10

66

1 Includes dismissals resulting from resignations.

TABLE 3
Subjects of Informal Resolution (1985-2014)

1.

Intemperate courtroom conduct (e.g., yelling, rudeness, inappropriate language)

52

2.

Ex parte or other improper communication

34

3.

Delay in performing judicial duties (e.g., in administering or deciding case, issuing show cause order in dormant estates, signing final order)

29

4.

Failure to disqualify or disclose facts relevant to appearance of partiality

27

5.

Abuse of or threat to abuse power (e.g., denied access to records or right to make record, retaliated against person who filed substitution request or cooperated with Judicial Commission, threatened to jail a person without legal authority to do so, abuse of summary contempt)

22

6.

Misuse of prestige of office

20

7.

Public comments on a pending case or prejudgment

14

8.

Inappropriate off-the-bench conduct

11

9.

Charitable or political fund-raising

6

10.

Active participation in criminal plea-bargaining

6

11.

Partisan political activity

4

12.

Appointing close relative to court position

3

13.

Interfering with a party's right to appeal

3

14.

Obstruction of justice

3

15.

Failure to address attorney misconduct

3

16.

Failure to timely file Trust Account Certification and pay State Bar dues

1

17.

Violation of gift rule

1

18.

Inaccurate or incomplete financial disclosure report

1

19.

Actively discouraging entry of not guilty pleas

1

20.

Accepting public official's plea in chambers

1

21.

Private use of public resources

1

22.

Name used to promote a private business

1

*Numbers in table do not correspond with number of informal resolutions or number of judges because many resolutions involved communication about more than one subject or type of conduct.

 

TABLE 4
Results of Public Disciplinary Cases (1978-2014)

Removal 3
Suspension 11
Statement of discontinuance after conflicting directives by WI Supreme Court 1
Reprimand 11
Complaint dismissed 3
Total **29

**2 unpublished voluntary dismissals
1 unpublished removal

TABLE 5
Requests for Informal Guidance (2010-2014)

2010 257
2011 286
2012 271
2013 185
2014 183

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