- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A Durham County judge has received a public reprimand from the North Carolina Supreme Court for inappropriate conduct during a child custody hearing in a divorce case.

The justices’ opinion released Friday confirmed the findings of the Judicial Standards Commission that District Court Judge James Hill violated the judicial conduct code.

The commission found Hill repeatedly chastised the couple in August 2014 at the close of their hearing, recorded on video. The commission says the judge told the pair they were acting like idiots and threatened to jail them for contempt, without the chance for appeal. But the commission says contempt rulings can be appealed.

The opinion says Hill didn’t contest the facts or the commission’s recommendation.

Other judicial punishments include suspension or removal from the bench.

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