A Hennepin County District Court judge is fighting allegations that he improperly reprimanded a judicial watch group during a sentencing hearing for a convicted child molester.
The Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards is weighing the charges against judge Jack Nordby. He's the subject of a complaint by WATCH, a group of volunteer court monitors based in Minneapolis known for bringing signature red clipboards to court.
During a sentencing hearing last year, Nordby reprimanded members of WATCH in his courtroom, saying their presence and clipboards constituted an improper effort to influence his decision. He read a lengthy statement from the bench.
WATCH subsequently filed a complaint against Nordby, saying he'd improperly used a court proceeding to address and criticize the group.
Nordby is fighting the charges. A response filed with the judicial board by Nordby's attorney, Joel Friedberg, says he was properly calling attention to an effort to interfere with an ongoing court case.