PROVO -- The Utah Supreme Court is contemplating disciplinary action against a now retired 4th District judge and a former Kanab justice of the peace.
The Judicial Conduct Commission recommended last month that Judge Joseph I. Dimick be publicly censured for driving with expired registration and improper license plates in 1995. Dimick retired in December from the Utah County bench.Dimick's Dodge sedan had two different license plates. The front plate belonged to the car but had expired in 1989. The rear plate came from a Datsun pickup registered to Dimick.
In an August 1995 Deseret News story, Dimick admitted that he knew the car was out of compliance with motor vehicle laws. "That's my mistake. I'm accountable. There are no excuses," he said at the time.
The car was not registered because it would not pass a state emissions test and the family needed transportation, Dimick said.
The judge waved down an Orem police officer shortly after talking to the Deseret News and asked to be issued a citation.
In addition to Dimick, the Utah Supreme Court will take under advisement proposed disciplinary action against a Kanab justice of the peace has been taken under advisement by the Utah Supreme Court.
Former Kanab Justice Court Judge Patricia Chavez agreed to censure after pleading guilty to taking bail money to cover a personal debt. She resigned her judicial post last year and agreed to pay restitution.
The Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on the disciplinary action.