February 13, 1988 |
The state Supreme Court's Disciplinary Board has recommended that West Chester lawyer Robert B. Surrick be privately reprimanded for publicly discussing some aspects of a confidential investigation of Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen. Surrick, who was a member of the Judicial Inquiry and Review Board when it investigated Larsen, said he will ask the Supreme Court to dismiss the recommendation for a private reprimand because he did not do "anything improper. " A private reprimand is the mildest discipline that can be imposed on a lawyer and would in no way restrict the lawyer's right to practice.
August 9, 1987 |
A special prosecutor hired to investigate complaints against the Winslow Township Police Department has been asked to look into why the police chief issued a formal reprimand to an officer who, while off-duty, had captured a man who had just committed a stabbing. Police Chief Gary Stowell issued a formal reprimand three months ago to police Officer Thomas Alston 10 months after Alston, while off-duty, captured Kevin James Dyer on Wildwood's Boardwalk. Special prosecutor John W. Trimble, who was hired in March by the Winslow Township Committee, would only say last week that he had received the Alston case but would not comment on its content.
December 19, 1987 |
The House yesterday voted overwhelmingly to reprimand Pennsylvania Democrat Austin J. Murphy after its ethics committee found that he permitted another person to vote in his name, diverted governmental property to private use and paid a no-show employee. In a 324-68 vote, with 20 members voting "present," the House accepted the committee's recommendation for a reprimand despite heated contention by Murphy that he was not guilty of any of the charges. It was the first time since 1984, when Idaho Republican George Hansen was reprimanded for failure to disclose financial dealings, that the House has disciplined one of its own. The reprimand is the least severe penalty among punishments the House could have imposed, which include censure, loss of seniority and expulsion.
June 16, 1993 |
A two-star Air Force general who reportedly ridiculed President Clinton in public is likely to receive a written reprimand that will effectively end his career, according to published reports. The Pentagon confirmed yesterday that an investigation of the incident has been completed and two newspapers said it confirmed that Maj. Gen. Harold Campbell called Clinton a "pot-smoking," "womanizing" and "draft- dodging" commander in chief at a service awards dinner in the Netherlands on May 24. The New York Times and the Washington Post report in today's editions that Lt. Gen. Dale W. Thompson, vice commander of the Air Force Materiel Command, confirmed the essence of the reports while on an investigative trip to the Netherlands that ended last Friday.
August 3, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The House on Thursday voted to reprimand Rep. Laura Richardson (D., Calif.), for ethical misconduct. Richardson agreed to the uncommon discipline, including paying a $10,000 fine out of her own pocket. "I do take these findings very seriously and do accept the responsibility," she said on the House floor. The House Ethics Committee unanimously recommended the punishment, saying Richardson improperly pressured her congressional staff to work on her campaign, used taxpayer-funded resources for personal and political activities, and obstructed the investigation.
December 17, 1987 |
The House ethics committee recommended yesterday that Rep. Austin J. Murphy (D., Pa.) be reprimanded for allowing others to cast his votes, for paying a salary to a "ghost employee" and for misuse of government property. Murphy, who maintained he was innocent of the allegations, asserted that the proceeding was unfair and said yesterday that he would take his fight to the House floor. The House, which could vote on the recommendation tomorrow, last disciplined one of its own in 1984 when it reprimanded George W. Hansen, a Republican from Idaho, for failure to disclose financial dealings.
October 24, 1990 |
Charles Bogardus, Voorhees' construction sub-code official, has received a reprimand from the township administrator based on a recommendation from the Ethics Advisory Board, which found that Bogardus had willfully violated the township ethics code. The penalty, which was made public Thursday, concludes the township's investigation of Bogardus. Bogardus is under investigation by the state Attorney General's Office on unspecified charges. In the Oct. 3 letter of reprimand, township administrator Charles F. Mann wrote Bogardus that "any future violation . . . could lead to your suspension and/or removal from office.
March 1, 1988 |
For the third time in six months, Earl Stout, president of Philadelphia's biggest municipal union, has been formally reprimanded for violating the union's constitution. In a 14-page ruling, a three-member judicial panel of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in Washington said Stout violated union bylaws last fall by unilaterally cutting off an alcohol treatment benefit plan for his members. The judicial panel could have removed Stout as president of AFSCME District Council 33 but instead issued a formal reprimand.
July 21, 1990 |
The House ethics committee yesterday announced its recommendation that Rep. Barney Frank (D., Mass.) be reprimanded, making him the latest lawmaker to face discipline by a Congress increasingly intent on cleaning up the behavior of its members. The panel unanimously recommended that Frank, an acknowledged homosexual, be reprimanded for actions he took on behalf of male prostitute Stephen L. Gobie. Rep. Julian C. Dixon (D., Calif.), chairman of the ethics panel, said the 12-member committee voted unanimously to recommend that Frank be reprimanded on allegations that he fixed 33 parking tickets for Gobie with District of Columbia authorities and that he misled a Virginia state's attorney in a memo seeking favorable treatment for Gobie in a probation proceeding.
January 30, 1993 |
The state Supreme Court yesterday delivered a mildly worded reprimand to Justice Rolf Larsen for creating "an appearance of impropriety" by discussing a pending case with a lower court judge. The reprimand, approved on a 2-1 vote last Oct. 14, is the first to be imposed on a high court justice since the provision for such punishment was included in the 1968 state constitution. It was not officially given to Larsen and spread upon the court record until yesterday. Approval of the reprimand triggered the biggest crisis in the court's modern history - Larsen's accusation that the two justices who voted to punish him were "fix artists" who engaged in criminal conduct.