Circuit Judge Suspended for MonthSeptember 10th, 2012 by Joe Burgess
A press release from the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission has confirmed that 10th Judicial District Judge Sam Pope will receive a 30 day unpaid suspension following an April 5 confrontation at the Crossett Walmart with his estranged wife’s boyfriend, where a physical confrontation developed between the two men. Both men were handcuffed and transported to the Crossett Police Department, but no charges were filed by either party.
Judge Pope has served as Circuit Judge for 18 years.
He has issued a letter of apology to the JDDC, saying that the “emotions and physical effect’ of the break up of a 33 year marriage led to the events that occurred that day. The letter states that he knows that his “conduct was not appropriate or acceptable” and “did not rise to the level I expect of myself or others in similar situations.”
The suspension should begin around October 1, in order for court scheduling to be re-arranged.
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