I had a visceral reaction to the Hunstein advertisement that I put up earlier. Mike Wiggins looks like a scumbag.
I have been receiving phone calls ever since then and have dug into the matter myself — including reviewing documentation. As most of you are aware, I am a lawyer by training and spent over five years handling guardianships, estates, etc.
It is my professional legal opinion that Justice Hunstein has violated the Code of Judicial Conduct and the Rules of the Judicial Qualifications Commission. I expect someone should file a formal complaint against her or seek her impeachment for violating the Canons.
Having seen the facts, I am disgusted. Though I expressed earlier disappointment with the Wiggins Campaign for its partisan conduct, that has quickly dissolved into disgust at Justice Hunstein for her conduct.
Canon 7B(1)(c) of the code of Judicial Conduct states
Candidates, including an incumbent judge, for any judicial office that is filled by public election between competing candidates shall not use or participate in the publication of a false statement of fact concerning themselves or their candidacies, or concerning any opposing candidate or candidacy, with knowledge of the statement’s falsity or with reckless disregard for the statement’s truth or falsity.
Whether you are for or against Carol Hunstein, It seems clear to me that she has violated both the letter of the Canon and the spirit of the Canon by showing reckless disregard for the truth of multiple statements in that ad.
Of course, unless Wiggins can respond, he’s toast, she gets re-elected, and the pansies at the JQC will do nothing. This was no doubt a gamble well made on her part.