Maryland: Punishing judges for their opinions via the Commission on Judicial Disabilities; judges are just “employees”

The last several years have seen efforts to make use of the judicial disciplinary process to examine judicial opinions and punish judges for those opinions.

The latest such effort is Maryland’s HB 1061, a constitutional amendment that:

  • Authorizes Commission on Judicial Disabilities to remove a judge from office for refusal to enforce applicable law, rendering a decision contrary to applicable law, or knowingly disregarding applicable law.
  • Provides judge found by commission to have engaged in above conduct forfeits pension.
  • Provides any person may file complaint alleging above with commission.

Prior coverage here.

The video below is from the hearing held this afternoon on the bill.