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Attorney George Lee Stigler of Waterloo, IA; Judge Roy Bean Wannabee

 
FYI: Judge Roy Bean was a saloon-keeper and Justice of the Peace in Val Verde County, Texas who called himself “The Law West of the Pecos.” He was also known as the “hanging judge.”
 
At one time George was a sitting District Court Judge During his tenure on the bench, the Iowa Commission on Judicial Qualifications filed the following charges of misconduct against George.
 
George found it acceptable to trample on the jurisdictional rights of a fellow judge. The matter involved George setting a hearing to set aside a temporary injunction issued by Judge Foster and then held a hearing while the attorney for one of the parties was involved in a trial in a previously scheduled matter in the same courthouse.
 
The matter of the injunction involved a custody case wherein the father of the children claimed that his soon to be ex-wife had left their residence and taken the children to an undisclosed location. Based on the father’s application, Judge Foster issued an injunction ordering the mother to return the children to the family home.
 
The Commission also ruled that George violated the requirement that he withdraw from the pending matter because of his expressed bias against one of the parties attorneys. They also found that George’s conduct before the commission was highly disrespectful and was calculated to circumvent its authority.
 
As a consequence of his misconduct, the apologists for Judicial Misfits sitting on the Iowa Supreme Court punished George by gifting him with a complimentary reprimand.
 
As we speak (ca. May 2012) George is practicing law in the Waterloo, Iowa area.
 
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