Louisville judge reprimanded after courtroom joke

Louisville judge reprimanded after courtroom joke

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville judge has been reprimanded for playing a joke on an attorney in January.

Judge Jennifer H. Leibson had Scott Barton removed from her courtroom on January 19 and told him he was being held in contempt for adding 37 cases to her docket despite a "no add-on" order for the day.

In courtroom video, Leibson is heard saying, "We're just kidding, but he doesn't know it."

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Leibson reported the incident to the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission herself in February. She said Barton was held over by security for about five minutes.

The commission determined Judge Leibson violated the Code of Judicial Conduct. They issued a public reprimand, but pointed out that she self-reported the incident and fully cooperated.

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