Judge Censured by Arkansas Commission for Campaign Conduct

A local Arkansas judge was censured by the state Judicial Disability and Discipline Commission for conduct in a campaign this year that the commission said violated rules of ethics for judges.

Circuit Judge Doug Martin of Fayetteville made “statements that were improperly prejudicial and harassing against his opponent and his opponent’s supporters,” the commission told him in a letter, according to Arkansas News.

The judge’s behavior “went beyond normal election rhetoric and gave the appearance of coercion whether intended or not,” the commission added.