Shamed Judge Pleads to Keep His Job, Tells Top SD Court 'I'm Not Perfect But I Have Changed'
In a voice choked with emotion, a South Dakota judge today pleaded with the state’s top court to let him stay on the bench until he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70.
“I’m not perfect, but I have changed,” said Circuit Judge A.P. “Pete” Fuller of Rapid City, who is accused of repeated rudeness to lawyers, parties and court staff. The ethics trial of the 68-year-old judge is the first time in the 121-year history of the state that its supreme court has been asked to remove a judge from the bench, reports the Associated Press.
Fuller said he is ashamed of his behavior on the bench and has gotten counseling during a six-month suspension to deal with his anger issues. However, a lawyer for the state Judicial Qualifications Commission argued that the judge needs to be removed or forced to retire to preserve public respect for the South Dakota court system.
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