The Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board charges the Honorable Robert K. Adrian – judge of Eighth Circuit Court in Illinois – with conduct that was prejudicial to the administration of justice and that brought the judicial office into disrepute.

The filing in the Illinois Courts Commission is entitled ‘Complaint,’ filed on Friday, June 17, 2022, in a case styled as The Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board v. Judge Adrian. The case number is 22-CC-04.

The allegations include violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct, including Rules 61, 62, and 63. These ethics rules generally require:

A judge should uphold the integrity and independence of the judiciary.

A judge should avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety in all the judge’s activities.

A judge should perform the duties of judicial office impartially and diligently.

The judicial canons can be found here https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/jib/Pages/Code.aspx .

The complaint states:

“On January 3, 2022, in the case of the People of the State of Illinois v. Drew Clinton, 2021-CF-396, Respondent, in order to circumvent the law and prevent the Defendant in the case from serving a mandatory sentence of incarceration, vacated his prior finding of guilt and found the Defendant not guilty.”

The filing continues:

“It is also alleged that on January 12, 2022, Respondent told a prosecutor who appeared before him that he couldn’t be fair with him and to leave the courtroom because the prosecutor had “liked” a comment on a social media post that was critical of him.”

The complaint further alleges:

“On April 8, 2022, Respondent made statements he knew to be false while testifying before the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board. The deceptions before the Board were made under oath and concerned facts Respondent knew were relevant to the JudicialInquiry Board’s investigation into his conduct.”

The Judge earned a law degree from Southern Illinois University in 1983.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.