A Nome Superior Court judge who admitted in December he made "mistakes right and left" after transitioning from his job as an attorney onto the judge's bench is now paying for those mistakes. On Friday, the Alaska Supreme Court handed down a censure against Timothy Dooley, which publicly asserts wrongdoing on Dooley's part for controversial statements he made in a series of court appearances, the Alaska Dispatch News reports. The censure was the final result of an ethics complaint against Dooley and a December recommendation by the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct that said five comments he made in the courtroom were "undignified and discourteous" and caused both victims and witnesses distress.
At a December disciplinary hearing, Dooley said his remarks had even led to "my poor wife [doing] a lot of crying at night. … I caused her an amazing amount of stress." The comments in the complaint included Dooley telling a jury "I can't slap her around to make her talk louder" (about a soft-spoken witness in a domestic violence case), and that "there are girls out there that seem to be temptresses" (during a sexual abuse case involving a 14-year-old girl). In his first infraction just weeks after his appointment, Dooley said to a defendant during sentencing: "Has anything good ever come out of drinking, except for sex with a pretty girl?" Dooley says he was used to speaking informally to clients as a lawyer to build rapport and has since "quit going off script." (Read more Alaska stories.)