On Wednesday, January 31, 2024, Fourstates Homepage reported that the Missouri Supreme Court reprimanded Associate Circuit Judge John Nicholas of Jasper County.
The article outlined how Judge Nicholas had contacted Carthage city officials in May 2021 demanding priority assistance with a utility cable that had fallen at his home during a storm, diverting resources from other emergency situations. Nicholas had identified himself as a judge and expected preferential treatment. When his demands were not met, he became rude and used vulgar language with responders and employees.
The Commission on Retirement, Removal, and Discipline investigated the incident and recommended reprimand to the Supreme Court.
After reviewing the full record, the Supreme Court found Judge Nicholas had violated rules of judicial conduct regarding integrity, independence, and avoiding impropriety. Specifically, Nicholas engaged in misconduct under the state constitution by expecting special treatment due to his position and using harsh language. He had admitted to the misconduct outlined in the Commission’s findings.
The Supreme Court agreed with the recommendation and issued a reprimand as disciplinary action against Judge Nicholas for his behavior during the utility cable incident.
Source: Fourstates Homepage