Cases Of Corrupt Judges Being Brought Down

In nearly every state in the United States, there have been judges disbarred and removed from the bench by the federal government when suspected of misconduct. In nearly every case, the amount of evidence against the judge is absolutely mind-boggling to believe that they were able to escape charges for as long as they did. Some notable cases are:

James Henson

Orlando, Florida judge who was removed from the bench in 2005. In 2000, he took a DUI Manslaughter (2 counts) client and then advised that client to flee the country to avoid facing prosecution.

Donald Thompson

This Oklahoma judge was sentenced to 4 years in prison for using a penis pump to masturbate while presiding over cases in the courtroom. It was actually shown during the trial that there were slits cut in his judicial robe so that he could access his penis clandestinely while on the bench. He was arrested again in 2011 for stalking an ex-girlfriend. At the time of that arrest, he was using binoculars to watch as a cop helped the ex-girlfriend change a flat tire. When he was approached by the cop, his penis was out.

Mark Ciavarella

The two Wilkes-Barre, PA judges were sentenced to a federal prison in a “kids for cash” kickback fraud case. By sentencing minors to juvenile detention for crimes such as mocking their principal on social media and shoplifting, the judges received millions of dollars in kickbacks.

Both judges were sentenced to federal prison for these fraud convictions, and the juveniles involved had their records expunged.

Anne Lokuta

Another Wilkes-Barre, PA judge who testified against Conahan and Ciavarella to get herself out of prison, Lokuta was using court workers to do her housework and was publicly humiliating members of the courthouse staff. She was removed from the bench but avoided further prosecution by telling what she knew of Conahan and Ciavarella.

Richard Palumbo

In a case that was featured on the Oprah show, this Maryland judge lifted a restraining order that a wife had against her husband, despite pleas from the wife and insurmountable evidence that the husband was, indeed, threatening and menacing the wife. 3 weeks later, the husband doused the wife in gasoline and lit her on fire.

Thomas Maloney

This Cook County, Illinois judge was convicted in federal court in 1993 in a corrupt judge sting, but he was the only judge of 18 convicted that was found to have tossed a murder conviction for bribe money. He issued a not guilty verdict in a case where a man beat another man to death with a metal pipe and was found to have been paid to do so. He also issued several not guilty verdicts for high profile gang members charged with crimes, and those cases were found to have verdicts bought and paid for.

Gerald Garson

This Brooklyn, NY former judge was found guilty in 2003 for taking bribes to issue not guilty verdicts in cases heard in his courtroom. He was taking bribes on everything from parking tickets to theft cases.