- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Shelby County judge is being censured after he was found to have retaliated against an attorney who complained about him.

According to The Commercial Appeal (https://bit.ly/1vyCAQk ), a six-member panel found Thursday that General Sessions Judge John Donald violated judicial canons of integrity and avoidance of the appearance of impropriety.

Attorney David Gold said Donald refused to hear his legal argument and an apology for their disagreement during a 2011 case. Gold said the judge also failed to notify him of a future hearing date.

According to testimony and arguments in court, Gold filed a complaint against the judge, and Donald then filed a baseless complaint against Gold in retaliation.

The conditions of the public censure will be decided after the panel releases its written opinion in coming weeks.



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