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This profile was last updated on 5/12/11  and contains information from public web pages.

Judge Daniel Ballou

Wrong Judge Daniel Ballou?

Charges Judge

The Judicial Conduct Commission
 
Background

Employment History

  • Circuit Judge
    34th Judicial Circuit
  • Circuit Court Judge
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CONGRESS CONSIDERING BILL TO EXTEND PATRIOT ACT TO ALLOW CONTINUED SPYING ON U.S. CITIZENS « LawReader
news.lawreader.com, 12 May 2011 [cached]
Judicial Conduct Commission Charges Judge Dan Ballou with misconduct. WATCHDOG GROUP SAYS SUPREME COURT JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMAS APPEARS TO HAVE 'KNOWINGLY AND WILLFULLY' VIOLATED RULE OF LAW FOR TWENTY YEARS BY FALSIFYING DISCLOSURE FORMS >
January « 2011 « LawReader
news.lawreader.com, 1 Jan 2011 [cached]
Judicial Conduct Commission Charges Judge Dan Ballou with misconduct. Sunday, January 30th, 2011
What are limits of Judges Right to Free Speech?
Circuit Court judge Daniel Ballou has been charged with two counts of judicial misconduct for contributing money to U.S. Sen.
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Judge Ballou represents McCreary and Whitley counties.
Ballou of Williamsburg was charged by the Judicial Conduct Commission in November for contributing $562 to McCain's campaign in 2008. Ballou also sent out an e-mail in January 2010 about Rand Paul's stance on the 2nd Amendment. The e-mail was sent to dozens of people.
The Judicial Code of Conduct mandate that a sitting judge "shall refrain from inappropriate political activity. The prohibition against political activity includes soliciting funds or making contributions to a political organization or candidate. The Conduct Code prohibit a judge from publicly endorsing or opposing a candidate for public office.
Judge Ballou denied the allegation.
He explained in pleadings that the "campaign donation" to presidential candidate John McCain occurred while Ballou was deployed on military duty in Iraq. He said he purchased several items that included McCain's likeness via the Internet.
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Ballou said the e-mail regarding Paul's 2nd Amendment stance was not intended as an endorsement or to take a political position.
Ballou said in documents that he had "forwarded an e-mail from his personal computer to a limited number of fellow judges, none of whom could be reasonably expected to be subject to improper political persuasion or influence."
Ballou sent the e-mail from his personal e-mail account to judges and dozens of other people. The message was identified in the heading of the email: "FYI Rand Paul and the 2nd amendment."
Judge Ballou filed a defense in which he says he has a First Amendment right to express his opinion.
The District Court judgeship was left ...
news.lawreader.com, 23 Feb 2008 [cached]
The District Court judgeship was left vacant by Judge Daniel L. Ballou, who was elected circuit judge for the 34th Judicial Circuit, Division 1, consisting of McCreary and Whitley counties.
August « 2012 « LawReader
news.lawreader.com, 1 Aug 2012 [cached]
LawReader has received several reports from Williamsburg in Whitley County concerning the conduct of Whitley Circuit Court Judge Dan Ballou.
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/s/ Dan Ballou, Judge Whitley Circuit Court - Division I"
This court order does not cite any legal authority for a blanket order forbidding a licensed attorney to enter his courtroom. 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. LawReader invited a response and explanation from Judge Ballou but he 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.
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If there is a justifiable reason for Judge Ballou's banishment order, it was not disclosed in his order. Other reports published in 2011 cite a sanction of Judge Ballou for improper campaigning for political candidates.
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Circuit Judge Daniel Ballou of Williamsburg was charged by the Judicial Conduct Commission in November for contributing $562 to McCain's campaign in 2008.
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Ballou also sent out an e-mail in January 2010 about Rand Paul's stance on the 2nd Amendment.
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The commission said Ballou violated the state judicial conduct code by publicly endorsing Paul for public office and by engaging in political activity.
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Ballou agreed to the commission's order. Ballou sent an email in January 2010 about Paul's stance on the Second Amendment dealing with the right to bear arms. Ballou 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. Ballou had acknowledged that he sent the email containing Paul's campaign material to more than 50 other judges across the state.
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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.
The KBA Bar Counsel's Office recently criticized an attorney for not being sufficiently "contrite" after he was sanctioned. 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.
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The sanction directly involved Judge Ballou's support of Senator Paul.
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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.
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Other claims from Whitley County state that Judge Ballou has posted political campaign posters on his judicial office wall. Judge Ballou was presented with this allegation by LawReader and he 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:
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If Judge Ballou believes his 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 sends us.
FLORIDA’S HIGHEST COURT UPHOLDS BA SOURCE CODE DISCOVERY « LawReader
news.lawreader.com, 28 Jan 2011 [cached]
Judicial Conduct Commission Charges Judge Dan Ballou with misconduct. >
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