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Unformatted text preview: Judicial misconduct and its remedies Judicial misconduct includes activities, such as bribery, that reduce public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary. Most states have a judicial-conduct commission that investigates charges of misconduct against state judges. A state supreme court usually decides whether or not to discipline a judge. About ten state judges are removed each year. Federal judges can be removed only if they are impeachedfound guilty of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors in a trial convened in the U.S. Senate. In the history of the federal judiciary, seven judges have been removed through impeachment. Judicial independence The nation's founders made the courts an independent, coequal branch of government for two reasons. First, making the judiciary independent would enable it to reach impartial decisions in reasons....
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course CJ 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.
- Fall '09