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Our Results - 2008

Jan. 2008

Landmark constitutional ruling upholding the independence of the judiciary

Howard Cooper, Julie Green and Charles Roumeliotis obtained a major constitutional victory in a case brought on behalf of Judge Leon A. Kendall of the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands against the judicial conduct commission of the Virgin Islands, called the Commission on Judicial Disabilities.

Based upon complaints filed by, among others, Washington DC based Judicial Watch, the Commission had sought to remove Judge Kendall from the bench on the basis of criticisms of his bail and sentencing decisions in specific cases, none of which had ever been appealed and each of which was soundly within his legal discretion.  Todd & Weld filed suit on behalf of Judge Kendall in federal court challenging the removal proceedings as unconstitutional on separation of powers grounds as an illegal encroachment by the legislative and executive branches of government on the inherent right of the judicial branch of government to monitor and review judicial conduct.  Following trial in December, the Court on January 16, 2008  awarded judgment to Judge Kendall, held the Commission lacked authority to remove members of the judiciary, and permanently enjoined the Commission from proceeding against Judge Kendall.