The Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission has recommended that the Supreme Court of Virginia censure Virginia Beach J&DR Judge Ramona D. Taylor.
The commission alleged that Taylor violated judicial ethics by acting “intentionally to thwart a juvenile defendant’s attempt to appeal from the order that had denied his request for bail.”
Taylor ordered a 15-year-old she had convicted in May 2007 of misdemeanor assault held in detention for more than two weeks until she sentenced him.
She denied his attorney’s motion for an immediate disposition so he could appeal and for bail after the initial request was denied.
Taylor said the decision to lock up the defendant between trial and sentencing was “an interlocutory, non-appealable order.”
After Taylor denied bail and told the J&DR clerk not to process her order so that the denial of bail could be appealed, the attorney for the youth filed a petition for a writ of mandamus, which was granted by the circuit court, according to papers filed with the Supreme Court by the commission.
Taylor’s attorney, Kevin E. Martingayle, said, “I’m very disappointed that this matter is moving forward. We will vigorously oppose the effort to have her censured.”
Taylor was elected to the court in 2000.
By Alan Cooper