In re: HON. JULIE A. McDONALD, 6TH CIRCUIT COURT BEFORE THE JUDICIAL TENURE COMMISSION
Bridget M. McCormack, Chief Justice David F. Viviano, Chief
Justice Pro Tem Stephen J. Markman Brian K. Zahra Richard H.
Bernstein Elizabeth T. Clement SC: 159161 Megan K. Cavanagh,
Judicial Tenure Commission has issued a Decision and
Recommendation, to which the respondent, Honorable Julie A.
McDonald, 6th Circuit Court Judge, consents. It is
accompanied by a settlement agreement, in which the
respondent waived her rights and consented to a sanction no
greater than a 45-day suspension without pay.
resolving this matter, we are mindful of the standards set
forth in In re Brown, 461 Mich. 1291, 1292-1293
else being equal:
(1)misconduct that is part of a pattern or practice is more
serious than an isolated instance of misconduct;
(2) misconduct on the bench is usually more serious than the
same misconduct off the bench;
(3)misconduct that is prejudicial to the actual
administration of justice is more serious than misconduct
that is prejudicial only to the appearance of propriety;
(4)misconduct that does not implicate the actual
administration of justice, or its appearance of impropriety,
is less serious than misconduct that does;
(5) misconduct that occurs spontaneously is less serious than
misconduct that is premeditated or deliberated;
(6)misconduct that undermines the ability of the justice
system to discover the truth of what occurred in a legal
controversy, or to reach the most just result in such a case,
is more serious than misconduct that merely delays such
(7)misconduct that involves the unequal application of
justice on the basis of such considerations as race, color,
ethnic background, gender, or religion are more serious than
breaches of justice that do not disparage the integrity of
the system on the basis of a class of citizenship.
present case, those standards are being applied in the
context of the Judicial Tenure Commission's stipulated
findings of fact, which, following our de novo review, we
adopt as our own:
1. On September 8, 2018, respondent was a member of the State
Bar of Michigan and an unopposed candidate for a seat as a
circuit court judge on the Sixth ...