Pima County Superior Court Judge Carmine Cornelio Will Not Face Voters

In June, the Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review found that Pima County Superior Court Judge Carmine Cornelio did not meet their standards. As a result, Cornelio, who received 27 “Does Not Meet Standards” votes, failed to file the paper work necessary to be on the November ballot.

According to the Arizona Capitol Times: “Heather Murphy, an Arizona Supreme Court spokeswoman, said Cornelio missed the deadline of Sept. 9 to file for the ballot, which means he’ll leave the bench Dec. 31.”

Cornelio has been the center of controversy over the years. In 2010 and 2013 Cornelio was censured by the Arizona Supreme Court. According to Tucson News Now:

An attorney in a January 2012 settlement conference involving possible exposure to toxic mold complained to the Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct that Cornelio made inappropriate comments that cause the 19-year-old plaintiff to cry.

The second complaint was filed over Cornelio’s conduct in a series of settlement conferences from May 2011 to March 2012 for a Cochise County case involving the sale of family property.

Cornelio allegedly used profanity, told a client her attorney was incompetent and threatened parties if they failed to reach an agreement.

Judges go through the review process after serving four years on the bench. Voters will decide whether or not to retain each jurist this coming general election.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Jo Lynn Gentry received 17 “Does Not Meet Standards” votes.

The Commission is charged with conducting performance reviews of judges. It sets performance standards for judges, decides whether or not a judge meets those standards, and publishes its findings for voters. The Commission’s job is to give voters some insight on those judges based on input from people who have dealt with them in court, on issues from legal knowledge to courtesy, according to KJZZ.

Cornelio received 27, and Gentry received 17 “Does Not Meet Standards” votes.

MEETS STANDARDSDOES NOT MEETNOT VOTINGJUDGECOURT
14171Hon. Jo Lynn GentryMaricopa County Superior Court
3110Hon. Jeanne GarciaMaricopa County Superior Court
3110Hon. Richard FieldsPima County Superior Court
3011Hon. Leslie MillerPima County Superior Court
4271Hon. Carmine CornelioPima County Superior Court
3110Hon. Deborah BerniniPima County Superior Court
3110Hon. D. Douglas MetcalfPima County Superior Court
2660Hon. Joan WagenerPima County Superior Court
MEETS STANDARDSDOES NOT MEETNOT VOTINGJUDGECOURT
3200Hon. Ann A. Scott TimmerSupreme Court
3200Hon. Michael BrownCourt of Appeals-Division I
3200Hon. Kent CattaniCourt of Appeals-Division I
3200Hon. Kenton JonesCourt of Appeals-Division I
3200Hon. Jon ThompsonCourt of Appeals-Division I
3200Hon. Lawrence WinthropCourt of Appeals-Division I
3200Hon. Michael MillerCourt of Appeals-Division II
3200Hon. Susan BrnovichMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. David GassMaricopa County Superior Court
3101Hon. Douglas GerlachMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. John HannahMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Lori BustamanteMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Karen MullinsMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Robert OberbilligMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Patricia StarrMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. David UdallMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Andrew KleinMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Christopher WhittenMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Jay AdlemanMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Christopher CouryMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Pamela GatesMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Michael GordonMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Michael KempMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Daniel KileyMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Margaret MahoneyMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. M. Scott McCoyMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Jose PadillaMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Teresa SandersMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Sherry StephensMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Suzanne CohenMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Paul McMurdieMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Kathleen MeadMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Joseph MikitishMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Timothy ThomasonMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Peter ThompsonMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. James BeeneMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Rodrick CoffeyMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Bruce CohenMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Connie ContesMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. John DitsworthMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Lisa FloresMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Cari HarrisonMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Kristin HoffmanMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Colleen McNallyMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. David PalmerMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Timothy RyanMaricopa County Superior Court
3200Hon. Gus AragonPima County Superior Court
3200Hon. Sarah SimmonsPima County Superior Court
3200Hon. Jane EikleberryPima County Superior Court
3200Hon. Kenneth LeePima County Superior Court
3200Hon. Scott RashPima County Superior Court
3200Hon. Paul TangPima County Superior Court
3200Hon. Sean BrearcliffePima County Superior Court
3200Hon. Brenden GriffinPima County Superior Court
3200Hon. Michael ButlerPima County Superior Court
3101Hon. Richard GordonPima County Superior Court
3200Hon. Kyle BrysonPima County Superior Court
3200Hon. Karl EppichPinal County Superior Court
3200Hon. Joseph GeorginiPinal County Superior Court
3200Hon. Henry GoodayPinal County Superior Court
3200Hon. Jason HolmbergPinal County Superior Court
3101Hon. Stephen McCarvillePinal County Superior Court

9 Comments

  1. I attended a trial overseen by Judge Cornelio and found him to be fair, enjoyable and honest. This makes me think there was a witch hunt against him.

  2. Cornelio is a decent, honest and straightforward guy. He is not politically correct and so by telling it like it is and not being a kiss ass…. this is the result. Too bad.

    • You are exactly right Sharon. Something is up here. Who does those reviews, the dirtbag lawyers that lost cases in front of him?

  3. I was recently sentenced by this Judge and to be straight honest I have done alot of things bad in my past and he seen that I have changed and gave me a chance at life and to prove myself to all. I think he is what a judge should be honest and straight forward.

  4. Thanks folks ; it was an honor and privilege to serve the residents of Pima County and this State. I tried to do so in an honest, straightforward and direct way. I leave with head held high, but saddened that the JPR process and the publicity of my circumstances is likely to make current judges a bit more timid .

  5. I can’t believe that there are no negative reviews for Gus Aragon; the bulls—- decisions Judge Aragon rendered, last year, in the Oro Valley recall effort were egregiously rigged. Why haven’t Bill Risner or Mark Finchem filed grievances against these decisions? Are they in the “tank” also?

  6. Judge Carmine Cornelio is a disgrace, and this conclusion by his peers was long overdue. There’s no such thing as “too soon” to speak of this judge’s tenure in the past tense. He honored and applied the law arbitrarily—not according to house rules but according to his own. True enough, he smiled while he did it. My father, who’s gaunt and bedridden, has been diagnosed with stage 3 metastatic cancer—he’s terminal—and instead of being able to make him my priority, I’ve had to deal with the fallout from a slop ruling of this judge’s that will have to be hosed away by an appellate court. By the time that stands to happen, my father will be dead. I can only hope I won’t be in jail for contempt of an unconstitutional order (issued without a trial) when the day comes. Unlike Carmine (and possibly the plaintiffs in the case), my father has never been a member of a country club; he’s only worked for one.

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