Jefferson County District Court Judge, Sandra McLaughlin, has been publicly reprimanded by the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission for comments that she has made while sitting on the bench. Her comments, according the Commission’s report, are described as “unnessary, undignified, and inconsistent with the presumption of innocence”
The Courier-Journal reported earlier in the year that McLaughlin has repeatedly addressed defendants at arraignments as though they had already been found guilty. The inappropriate behavior brings into question her ability to be impartial, which is a requirement of judge. The Courier-Journal brought this behavior to attention in September. Even with these accusations, McLaughlin was able to win re-election in November with 56% of the vote.