The state Commission on Judicial Disabilities ruled that Alfred Nance, the chief judge of the Baltimore Circuit Court, should be expelled for his "sanctionable conduct" in the courtroom, i.e. being a gross creep toward public defender Deborah Levi. In court Nance referred to Levi as "lady," "mother hen," and "child," and once told her to shut up. Nance was previously reprimanded for his conduct with women in 2001. As a reminder, Judge Nance banned note-taking for non-credentialed media members in his courtroom during Keith Davis Jr.'s trial earlier this year, a total violation of the idea of "open court." The Court of Appeals has the last word on Nance's fate, but the whole process is a bit of an empty gesture: Nance is close to turning 70, the age at which judges must retire. Even so, we're happy to get rid of him.