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Coin Flipping Virginia Judge Tossed

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In a highly unusual proceeding, the Supreme Court of Virginia has dismissed a Juvenile Court judge who
(1) decided a custody matter by flipping a coin;
(2) had a mentally disabled woman pull her pants down to show an alleged wound;
(3) made and ex parte call to a local hospital to attempt to verify/discredit the woman’s story about being wounded.

What (else) is unusual is that the Supreme Court, sitting as a court of original jurisdiction, actually held a live hearing and took evidence.

The court found that the conduct of Judge James Michael Shull’s courtroom conduct so tainted the public’s perception of our justice system and impaired public confidence in that system that it ordered him removed from office immediately.