LawReader has received several reports from Williamsburg in Whitley County concerning the conduct of Whitley Circuit Court Judge Dan Ballou.
/s/ Dan Ballou
Whitley Circuit Court
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This court order does not cite any legal authority for a blanket order forbidding a licensed attorney to enter his
The court order does not provide any findings of fact justifying the alleged threat of "disruption" of his
court, nor does it cite any incidents where the attorney has actually disrupted a hearing or trial.
invited a response and explanation from Judge Ballou
has ignored our request for his
version of this story.
No other judge in the 34th.
Judicial District has barred this attorney from practicing in their courtrooms.
We have been informed that local attorneys have obtained video tapes of the Judge Ballou's
conduct during hearings and trials, and that these videos are being passed around in Whitley County.
We have not seen these videos and don't know what they reveal.
It is reported that on one occasion the banned attorney happened to be in the courthouse on business, and was approached by two Deputy Sheriff's and told that he
could not remain near Judge Ballou's
courtroom or he
would be arrested at the direction of Judge Ballou
This suggests that the order effectively bans the attorney from the Whitley Counthy Courthouse when Judge Ballou is also in the building.
On another occasion the judge called the city police to assist the deputies in keeping the attorney away from Judge Ballou
If there is a justifiable reason for Judge Ballou's
banishment order, it was not disclosed in his
Other reports published in 2011 cite a sanction of Judge Ballou
for improper campaigning for political candidates.
Circuit Judge Daniel Ballou
of Williamsburg was charged by the Judicial Conduct Commission
in November for contributing $562 to McCain's campaign in 2008.
also sent out an e-mail in January 2010 about Rand Paul's stance on the 2nd Amendment.
The commission said Ballou
violated the state judicial conduct code by publicly endorsing Paul for public office and by engaging in political activity.
agreed to the commission's order.
sent an email in January 2010 about Paul's stance on the Second Amendment dealing with the right to bear arms.
denied all the allegations in a motion filed with the Judicial Conduct Commission
on Jan. 21.
The Judicial Conduct Commission
took the action Monday against Circuit Judge Daniel Ballou
who serves in McCreary and Whitley counties.
had acknowledged that he sent the email containing Paul's campaign material to more than 50 other judges across the state.
The Associated Press
Reported on Sept. l9, 2011 that Judge Ballou
had been reprimanded publically by the Judicial Conduct Commission
Recent reports to LawReader state that Judge Ballou
received a sanction letter from the Judicial Conduct Commission
, and that he
had the sanction letter autographed by Senator Rand Paul and that the autographed letter was posted on the Judge's office wall.
Bar Counsel's Office recently criticized an attorney for not being sufficiently "contrite" after he
LawReader does not believe that an attorney or a judge who is sanctioned must be "contrite" ….but in any event Judge Ballou is certainly proud of his sanction by the Judicial Conduct Commission.
We find it strange that Senator Rand Paul would autograph a sanction letter against a judge.
The campaign donation by Judge Ballou
went to Senator Rand.
The sanction directly involved Judge Ballou's support of Senator Paul.
We wonder if Senator Paul is helping Judge Ballou thumb his nose at the Judicial Conduct Commission and at the same time demonstrating his support of Senator Paul.
Other claims from Whitley County state that Judge Ballou
has posted political campaign posters on his
judicial office wall.
was presented with this allegation by LawReader
has not confirmed or denied this report.
The Judicial Canons that apply to the allegations re: Judge Ballou's
conduct are Canon 5 and Canon 2
If Judge Ballou
rights supercede the requirements of the Code of Judicial Conduct, then perhaps he
will share his
theory with LawReader
We will publish anything Judge Ballou