A Baltimore circuit judge has agreed to a five-day suspension after she admitted having "mocked and ridiculed" a defendant and his fiancee in one case and being "disrespectful, dismissive and intemperate" to an attorney in another.
Judge Lynn Stewart Mays will also be placed on two years of monitoring by the state agency that handles misconduct by judges and be required to meet with a mentor, according to an order the Court of Appeals issued Tuesday and other documents.
Andrew Jay Graham,Mays' attorney, said his client is a hardworking judge and that nothing in the allegations called into question her ability to decide cases.
"It really was a question of demeanor and civility," he said.
The judge attracted complaints in connection with two cases she handled.
In one, Mays was dealing with a violation-of-probation hearing for 31-year-old Shawn Broadnax. When he stopped responding to her questions, the judge adopted a disparaging tone, according to charges filed by a judicial investigator.
"You all be a little bit more concerned," Mays told sheriff's deputies in the courtroom. "You all be a little bit more, you know, careful with him."
The judge listed psychiatric institutions that Broadnax could be taken to, according to the charges, getting help naming them from people watching the case from the benches.
Mays then started a discussion with a woman who had been watching the hearing.
The woman, Letia Cole, identified herself as Broadnax's fiancee.
After Mays threatened Kamins with a night in jail, she told the lawyer: "You cannot continuously argue with the court! Because you're going to lose! … You know why? One, I'm the judge. Two, I'm the judge. Three, I'm the judge."
More than a year later, Kamins and Mays were in court again on the same case and the rancor continued, according to the charges.
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