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Misconduct Report: November 2014

Robin Free

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John Robin Free
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Current Court Information:
18th Judicial District, Louisiana
Title:   Judge
Service:
Active:   1996-2020
Personal History
Law School:   Southern University Law Center, 1989
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  18th District Court
Position:  Division B
State:  Louisiana
Election information 2014:
Party:   Democratic
Incumbent:  Yes

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John Robin Free is a judge of the 18th Judicial District, Division B in West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana.[1] He was elected to this position on September 21, 1996.[2][3] He was re-elected in 2014 for a term beginning on January 1, 2015, and expiring on December 31, 2020.[4][5]

Elections

2014

See also: Louisiana judicial elections, 2014
Free ran for re-election to the 18th Judicial District.
As an unopposed candidate, he was automatically elected without appearing on the ballot.[5]
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Education

Free received his J.D. degree from the Southern University Law Center in 1989.[6]

In the news

Proposed sanctions levied against Free

In October 2014, after an investigation into Free's alleged improprieties, the Office of Special Counsel proposed that Free be suspended without pay for one year. The Louisiana Judiciary Commission recommended a suspension of 30 days without pay and a fine of $7,000.[7] The most grievous of commission findings include allegations that Free accepted an all-expense paid trip by an attorney whose client had just won a million dollar settlement in Free's courtroom and that Free had failed to recuse himself from a class-action suit where his mother had a potential financial interest. Free, who has been in office since 1997, was admonished by the commission, which stated: “Judge Free’s actions have harmed the integrity of and respect for the judiciary... [he] should have been more familiar with his ethical obligations.”[8]

Update

On December 9, 2014, the Louisiana Supreme Court ordered Free suspended for 30 days without pay and ordered him to pay $6,723.64 in reimbursement to the Louisiana Judiciary Commission. Free was found in violation of canons 1, 2, 2A, 3A(4), 3A(6), and 6B(2) of the Louisiana Code of Judicial Conduct and Article V, § 25(C) of the Louisiana Constitution for accepting an all-expense paid trip from an attorney, who had won a million dollar settlement in his courtroom.[9][10]

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