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 STANDARDS DOES NOT MEET NOT VOTING JUDGE COURT
14 17 1 Hon. Jo Lynn Gentry Maricopa County Superior Court
31 1 0 Hon. Jeanne Garcia Maricopa County Superior Court
31 1 0 Hon. Richard Fields Pima County Superior Court
30 1 1 Hon. Leslie Miller Pima County Superior Court
4 27 1 Hon. Carmine Cornelio Pima County Superior Court
31 1 0 Hon. Deborah Bernini Pima County Superior Court
31 1 0 Hon. D. Douglas Metcalf Pima County Superior Court
26 6 0 Hon. Joan Wagener Pima County Superior Court
MEETS STANDARDS DOES NOT MEET NOT VOTING JUDGE COURT
32 0 0 Hon. Ann A. Scott Timmer Supreme Court
32 0 0 Hon. Michael Brown Court of Appeals-Division I
32 0 0 Hon. Kent Cattani Court of Appeals-Division I
32 0 0 Hon. Kenton Jones Court of Appeals-Division I
32 0 0 Hon. Jon Thompson Court of Appeals-Division I
32 0 0 Hon. Lawrence Winthrop Court of Appeals-Division I
32 0 0 Hon. Michael Miller Court of Appeals-Division II
32 0 0 Hon. Susan Brnovich Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. David Gass Maricopa County Superior Court
31 0 1 Hon. Douglas Gerlach Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. John Hannah Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Lori Bustamante Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Karen Mullins Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Robert Oberbillig Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Patricia Starr Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. David Udall Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Andrew Klein Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Christopher Whitten Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Jay Adleman Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Christopher Coury Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Pamela Gates Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Michael Gordon Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Michael Kemp Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Daniel Kiley Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Margaret Mahoney Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. M. Scott McCoy Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Jose Padilla Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Teresa Sanders Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Sherry Stephens Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Suzanne Cohen Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Paul McMurdie Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Kathleen Mead Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Joseph Mikitish Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Timothy Thomason Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Peter Thompson Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. James Beene Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Rodrick Coffey Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Bruce Cohen Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Connie Contes Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. John Ditsworth Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Lisa Flores Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Cari Harrison Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Kristin Hoffman Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Colleen McNally Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. David Palmer Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Timothy Ryan Maricopa County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Gus Aragon Pima County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Sarah Simmons Pima County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Jane Eikleberry Pima County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Kenneth Lee Pima County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Scott Rash Pima County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Paul Tang Pima County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Sean Brearcliffe Pima County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Brenden Griffin Pima County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Michael Butler Pima County Superior Court
31 0 1 Hon. Richard Gordon Pima County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Kyle Bryson Pima County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Karl Eppich Pinal County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Joseph Georgini Pinal County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Henry Gooday Pinal County Superior Court
32 0 0 Hon. Jason Holmberg Pinal County Superior Court
31 0 1 Hon. Stephen McCarville Pinal 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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