Judicial candidate admonished for ads claiming judicial experience | Arkansas Blog

Friday, March 20, 2015

Judicial candidate admonished for ads claiming judicial experience

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 1:57 PM

The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission has sent a letter of admonishment to Jeanette Robertson of Jonesboro, an unsuccessful candidate for circuit judge last year, for TV ads that showed her in a judicial robe and spoke of her judicial experience.

In 2012, the Commission had said Robertson shouldn't have called herself a judge when she ran for a Court of Appeals seat. She had never been elected or appointed to a judgeship, but had been designated by other judges as a special magistrate to hear small claims. She agreed to stop the practice.

In 2014, TV ads showed her wearing a judicial robe and sitting behind a bench discussing "judicial experience." The commercials specifically said she'd been a special district court judge or magistrate. But the letter said the robe and the words and language of the ads could be "misconstrued" by the public to equate to being a judge. The letter also noted her website referred to her experience as a judge, but she said her campaign committee had done that and she wasn't aware it was the same material used in 2012 until Judicial Discipline pointed it out to her.

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