Edmund E. Clarke, Jr.

“…go to the Hall…and act like an adult” Yells Clarke to Juror

Edmund E. Clarke, Jr.
Edmund E. Clarke, Jr.

JUDICIAL PERFORMANCE COMMISSION ISSUES DECISION AND ORDER IMPOSING
PUBLIC ADMONISHMENT ON JUDGE EDMUND W. CLARKE, JR.

After Judge Clarke excused one juror who said she had anxiety, the juror started to make comments about his clerk, after which the judge said, “No one’s ever complained about my clerk. . . . So go to the hall and stay and come in, act like an adult and you can face her and tell me what she did wrong.” When the juror returned to the courtroom and tried to explain what his clerk had done, he responded by reprimanding the juror: “So because she didn’t respond to your claim of anxiety with appropriate sensitivity, you attacked her in open court in front of a judge with your criticism?”

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