I was dismayed and very disappointed when I read about the State Bar’s decision not to take any action on Judge Duber’s complaint against a Gila County deputy attorney who had “stormed out of the courtroom” during a proceeding.
While I have no personal knowledge of the persons involved other than the Roundup report, it certainly seems to me that the behavior described at that event and the other times would (or should) “rise to the level of sanctionable conduct.”
I find that situation to be a microcosm of attitudes that have become prevalent today. We used to expect that children would throw temper tantrums, but adults were expected to have learned self-control and appropriate behavior. Now, apparently, almost any kind of disrespectful behavior goes.
Then, a few days later, the Roundup reported an episode between Judge Cahill and the county attorney’s office regarding a plea deal. Apparently, the county attorney wants to run the court himself, without the interference of a judge.
I think the judge’s role is crucial in maintaining a fair and effective system of justice. Without an empowered judge, and politics being what they are, the potential for miscarriages of justice in the service of ambition and advancement is clear.
Therefore I support Judge Cahill’s decision in the sentencing. I sincerely hope that Judge Cahill is not driven out of office by these power plays.