The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission is recommending a 30-day suspension for Hudsonville District Judge Kenneth Post. The Michigan Supreme Court will have to approve the commission's decision for it to be final.
In 2011, Post ordered defense attorney Scott Millard to jail for advising his client not to answer a question from the judge. The commission cited "irresponsible or improper conduct that eroded public confidence."
Attorneys at Millard's law firm believe a suspension is justified.
"It's certainly letting judges know that respecting the rights of defendants is of the utmost importance, and on the flip side the attorney's obligation to defend clients rights," said Keeley Heath, an attorney for Miel & Carr. "The reality is, the defense attorney doing their job shouldn't be treated this way in a courtroom."
Post's attorney released a statement saying, "Judge Kenneth Post notes that he has fully cooperated with the commission's proceedings and has acknowledged from their beginning that the sarcasm he used during the Dec. 2, 2011, hearing involving attorney Scott Millard was inappropriate."