8th Circ. Allows Disciplinary Action Against Ark. Judge

Law360, San Francisco (October 31, 2013, 3:41 PM EDT) -- The Eighth Circuit on Thursday refused to revive a controversial judge's bid for an injunction blocking the Arkansas Disciplinary and Disability Commission from disciplining him, agreeing his claims were improperly brought under federal law and that the commission had prosecutorial immunity from damages.

The appeals panel rejected Arkansas state court Judge L.T. Simes II's contention that the AD&DC's investigation of complaints against him was purely administrative and not covered by prosecutorial immunity. Those complaints stemmed from Simes' behavior on the bench, which attracted more negative feedback...
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