During the investigation of the current incident, Judge Boyett was found to have "acted in a manner that failed to promote public confidence in the judiciary." Further, he was found to have "used the prestige of his office to advance his private interests." And finally, he "did not act in a 'patient, dignified and courteous' manner toward those in his courtroom."
Several of the comments on the newspaper's story are worth repeating:
"This is the type of behavior that gives public officials a bad reputation in general. I think a 3 strikes and you're out rule should be considered by State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Boyett clearly does not show the restraint necessary for any Judge. Talk about road rage. I am delighted to say I have never met this man. I hope that remains the case.""I have known this jerk for more years than I like to mention. He was a jerk from the begining and is still a jerk. He does not belong in a position of authority at any level. have you seen him in the film for defensive driving? It is a total embarrassment.""Boyett needs to be removed from office. He's notorious for his abuse of his position. There's certainly conflict of interest, as his office deals with a lot of landlord-tenant issues and guess what? He's a major owner of rental property in the northgate area. ""This judge needs a good strong opponent to run him in the next election. He needs to be removed from office.JP Boyett thinks he rules the world, or the part near him, anyway. It's not surprising he did as described. The wonder is he didn't try to jail someone. "
A justice of the peace is a public servant and member of the judicial branch of government, not the executive. The job of the judiciary is to interpret the law, not enforce it. The bottom line? Judge Boyett has built a track record and reputation for arrogance and discourteous conduct toward those appearing before him. I agree a strong opponent should run against him in 201o and bring his record to light for the public's evaluation. I know Judge Boyett attempts to bring a sense of strength and accountability to his courtroom by being tough. But violating the rules of judicial conduct goes over the line, especially the 3rd time around.