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SHOT DOWN The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct reprimanded a Houston judge on July 15 for taking apart two 1873 Colt revolvers while preparing for a capital murder trial. Visiting Judge H. Lon Harper “failed to act in a dignified manner,” said the commission. The judge, a former sheriff, explains that his gun was busted; so, with jurors away, he used a second gun to guide his repairs. Harper says that many judges pack heat, true to the Texas Constitution’s view of them as peacekeepers. “I was working 10, 12-hour days. I had no chambers in which to go work on them,” says Harper, who was voted out of office in 1999. He now works as a substitute. He warns judges with other vices, “We’ll see more of this now that we can look at the World Wide Web right at our desks.” From The National Law Journal STILL WORKING In June 1999, Florida Circuit Judge Robert Young, 56, approached three teen-age boys on a boat ramp. Police say that in the course of chatting, he offered them a beer and a pornographic magazine. Meanwhile, Placer County, Calif., Judge W. Jackson Willoughby III was accused by a bailiff of grabbing her recently silicone-implanted breasts. He also allegedly called a deputy sheriff “Old Iron Tits.” And? Well, Judge Young, of Bartow, resigned and sought treatment for sex addiction, saying, “By participating in conversations of a suggestive nature with adolescent males, I entered very dangerous territory.” The more hands-on Judge Willoughby paid a civil settlement, publicly apologized, and enrolled in a sexual harassment class. Yet, California’s judicial conduct panel allowed him to keep his job. From The National Law Journal CHIEF HOBBY Michael Madigan seems to be developing a unique specialty — representing chief judges. Madigan, a partner in the D.C. office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, and partners Steven Ross and Leslie Turner will defend New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice David Brock, who faces a Sept. 18 impeachment trial on charges of lying under oath, permitting justices to be involved in cases from which they were recused, and interfering in a lower court case. Madigan already represents Chief Judge Norma Holloway Johnson of the U.S. District Court in the District in a special counsel probe. From Legal Times

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