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15 things judges said in 2019 that got them in trouble (INFOGRAPHIC)

Last year resulted in some questionable judicial behavior. The National Center for State Courts Center for Judicial Ethics released a roundup of some of the worst behavior in its 2019 Judicial Conduct Report.

Among the 121 disciplined judges, the report named two Wisconsin officials. The Wisconsin Supreme Court suspended Racine County judge Michael Piontek for five days due to his “concerning” and “obviously unethical” behavior. It also barred Len Kachinsky, the former Fox Valley municipal judge and former Brendan Dassey attorney, from serving on the bench for three years for claims of harassment from his clerk.

This infographic illustrates some of the report’s lowlights, along with the 15 worst things judges said that got themselves in trouble.

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About Michaela Paukner, mpaukner@wislawjournal.com

Michaela Paukner is the legal reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal. She can be reached at (414) 225-1825 or by email at mpaukner@wislawjournal.com.

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