The New Jersey Supreme Court has extended the period of time during which judges charged with, or convicted of, DUI / DWI or domestic violence are prohibited from handling those kinds of cases. Under the previous rule judges convicted of a DUI / DWI were prohibited from hearing DUI / DWI cases during the license suspension - typically three or seven months. However, Directive 04-09 extends the period of disqualification after conviction for DUI / DWI or domestic violence to one year.
Apparently New Jersey municipal judges have been getting into trouble more frequently, and two of the most recent to be disciplined for DUI / DWI offenses are: Robert Jones, municipal judge in Livingston; and Peter Touison, municipal judge in Cape May, Stone Hargor and Middle Township. Interestingly, Judge Tourison is alleged to have impeded the administration of the breath test by putting foreign objects in his mouth. (Click here for full story)