Testimony | April 25, 2013
An Examination of the Judicial Conduct and Disability System
By: Russell Wheeler
Editor’s Note: Russell Wheeler testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on the federal judicial conduct and disability system on April 25, 2013. The Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980 authorizes any person to file a complaint alleging that a federal judge has engaged in conduct “prejudicial to the effective and expeditious administration of the business of the courts.” The text which follows is Russell Wheeler’s opening statement.
Congressman James Sensenbrenner letter, July 14, 2004. No response.
Senator Charles Grassley letter, May 12, 2006. No response.
Judge Brock Hornby was appointed to the “Breyer Committee,” to investigate judicial misconduct. Was Judge Hornby qualified for this position? Was this a conflict of interest? His judicial abuse “raises profound questions” with respect to whether he should enjoy the delegated authority to investigate and discipline himself.