Aboud Censured For Misconduct, Took Answer Key

The Commission on Judicial Conduct announced on December 4, 2017, the Arizona Supreme Court censured Pima County Justice of the Peace Paula Aboud for misconduct while in office.

During the January 2017 Limited Jurisdiction New Judge Orientation, Judge Aboud took a copy of an assessment and answer key that belonged to her mentor, Judge James Sampanes. The assessment and answer key were for an assessment to be administered the following day. Judge Sampanes witnessed Judge Aboud take his copy from an adjoining room. At a later date and time, Judge Aboud admitted that she had taken the assessment/answer key in an attempt to play a prank on Judge Sampanes.

A formal hearing was held on September 18, 2017. Thereafter, the commission-appointed hearing officer, the Honorable Lawrence Winthrop, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, issued his findings of facts, conclusions of law, and recommendations. Judge Winthrop found that Judge Aboud’s conduct violated Rules 1.1, 1.2 and 2.8(B) of the Code of Judicial Conduct, and recommended that she be censured and ordered to complete additional ethics training, as well as pay the Commission’s fees and costs in this matter.

Judge Winthrop’s findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations were adopted by the Commission, which recommended that the Arizona Supreme Court adopt them as well.

The Arizona Supreme Court’s order is final.

4 Comments on "Aboud Censured For Misconduct, Took Answer Key"

  1. My only question, why was she only censured? She should have been relieved of her duties but I guess the idiot voters will have to do that. Bet they won’t and won’t remember. Stupid is as stupid does and we have the voters to prove it.

  2. The Oracle of Tucson | December 6, 2017 at 10:32 pm | Reply

    Judge Aboud could complete additional ethics training from now until the end of time and her “ethics” would still be in question…

    The Oracle

  3. First there was Carmen Dolny then Ann Segal now this unbalanced nut job. Justice Courts always seems to have one that stands out for all the wrong reasons.

  4. If any person of minimal amount of integrity at the age 65+ dont know the difference of cheating and needs instruction on ethics. Just what does that say about Tucson speaks volumes. Murder the under sheriff rip the people off RICO then rip the coffers. LaWall got some pen and pencils out of the deal. Don’t that make you all feel safe here?

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