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Nebraska Judge Reprimanded for Rudeness

August 15, 2005

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ The Nebraska Commission on Judicial Qualifications has publicly reprimanded Douglas County Judge John Huber for snide comments he made from the bench.

The commission said in one case, Huber made a litigant cry and, after the case was resolved, told her, ``Stop it. Grow up. That doesn’t make me feel bad for you in any way.″

Huber also was accused of expressing doubt that a witness would tell the truth.

Huber’s remarks came during a May 2004 civil trial in which a real estate company sought to evict two tenants from an apartment.

The reprimand said: ``Judge Huber expressed impatience and displayed snideness in his tone of voice to witnesses and parties . . . all of whom remained courteous to the court.″

Huber was found to have violated the Nebraska Code of Judicial Conduct, which requires a judge to ``be patient, dignified and courteous.″

Huber, a judge since 1998, has taken steps to correct his conduct, the commission noted.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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