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North Carolina justices order public reprimand of Durham Judge

Durham County district court Judge James Hill was given a public reprimand on Friday, November 6 by the North Carolina Supreme Court for inappropriate conduct during a child custody hearing in a divorce case on Aug. 7, 2014.

The justices confirmed the findings of the Judicial Standards Commission that Hill violated the judicial conduct code by expressing inappropriate comments, misusing his contempt powers, and “exhibiting a failure to remain patient, dignified, and courteous, to the parties appearing before him” during the court proceedings last year.

According to the commission, Hill told RiShawna and Collin Morrison, the parents in the child custody hearing, that they were “acting like idiots” and threatened to throw them in jail for contempt of court without giving them the chance to appeal.

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