The complainant in this case indicated that the judge was pressuring and badgering him to hurry with his submissions so that the trial could conclude early, and made him feel like he was a nuisance.

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The complainant in this case indicated that the judge was pressuring and badgering him to hurry with his submissions so that the trial could conclude early, and made him feel like he was a nuisance. The examples provided by the complainant stated that the judge was sighing, throwing his arms up in consternation and complaining of his status as a self-represented litigant.

The judge acknowledges that he requested that certain witnesses appear earlier than scheduled over the ten day trial; however, he denies badgering or pressuring the complainant to speed up the matter simply so he could conclude the case early. The judge also notes that he suggested that the complainant consult a lawyer to discuss the admissibility of some of the documents and certain procedural issues. Although the judge attempted to guide him through the procedures and provided some advice on how to structure the case, it was clear in the audio-transcripts that the judge was mindful of remaining impartial.

The complainant also felt that the judge failed to admonish a defendant’s witness for laughing at the complainant in court, which made him feel humiliated. The judge explained that in an effort to promote efficiency, he chose not to get distracted by personal attacks.

The complainant also stated that the judge gave medically unsupported opinions based on stereotypes of the mentally disabled. The judge explained that out of concern for the complainant’s well-being, he thought that recommending that he discuss the matter with his physician might help ease the complainant’s anxiety.

The Council determined that the complainant failed to provide supporting evidence of his complaints, and the matter was closed.

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