The Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission announced ethical findings against two district judges.
Judge Jim O’Hern of the Fort Smith division of Sebastian County District Court and Judge David Carruth of the Clarendon-Holly Grove division of Monroe County District court both received letters of admonishment.
Carruth, a part-time judge who also has a private law practice, was cited for having contact outside court with people involved in pending cases and talking about the cases. He denied having had discussions pertaining to court matters. But the letter said the “number, time and circumstances” of contact contributed to an appearance of impropriety even if he hadn’t discussed court matters outside of court.
O’Hern was admonished over ill appearances presented by his being detained by police after being found in a Little Rock motel room rented by a woman who was subsequently charged with possession of methamphetamines. O’Hern, then a judge-elect, was not charged.