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Crime Wood County part-time judge tells defendant 'my middle name' is 'corruption,' fails to say plaintiff's lawyer is a close friend

04:10  31 january  2020
04:10  31 january  2020 Source:   marshfieldnewsherald.com

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MADISON - The state Supreme Court reprimanded a Wood County court commissioner who quipped that his middle name was corruption and who oversaw cases even though one of the lawyers was someone he vacationed and golfed with.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Kenneth Gorski represents a defendant in a 2005 court case. The Wisconsin Supreme Court reprimanded Gorski Thursday for his behavior while serving as Wood County Court commissioner.© Brady Lane, Copyright 2005;Yes Kenneth Gorski represents a defendant in a 2005 court case. The Wisconsin Supreme Court reprimanded Gorski Thursday for his behavior while serving as Wood County Court commissioner.

Kenneth Gorski has worked two afternoons a month as a part-time Wood County court commissioner since 2014, according to the Wisconsin Supreme Court decision. During that time he oversaw a small claims civil case in which his friend was an attorney, according to the decision.

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Gorski failed to tell the defendant in the case, who was representing himself, that Gorski was a friend of attorney Timothy Gebert, who represented the company suing the defendant, according to court documents. Gorski and Gebert went on multiple golfing trips together and four vacations overseas.

Prior to the trial on the small claims case, Gorski and Gebert went on a week-long trip to Ireland and played golf there, but Gorski didn't tell the defendant about the trip, according to court documents. Gorski also failed to remove himself from the case because of the possible conflict of interest.

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During the civil trial, Gorski twice grew so angry with the defendant that at one point he told the man, "Stop, now, just stop with that! Jesus...Come on. That's getting old, that's getting really old," according to court documents.

In the second incident, Gorski groaned and asked, "Why can't you just be quiet when other people are talking?" according to documents.

After Gorski ruled in favor of his friend's client, the defendant said the verdict was an example of corruption. Gorski groaned and responded, "That's my middle name ... corruption," according to documents.

While the Supreme Court Judicial Commission was investigating Gorski's actions in the civil case, Gorski acknowledged Gebert appeared before him on six or seven occasions. Before a meeting with the commission, Gorski failed to remove himself from another case in which Gebert was an attorney and the defendant was representing himself, according to documents. Gorski and Gebert took a trip to Vietnam together while the second case was pending.

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According to the official reprimand, Gorski violated the Wisconsin Code of Judicial Conduct by:

» Failing to recuse himself from a case when he had a personal bias concerning a lawyer.

» Failing to tell the self-represented defendant about his friendship with Gebert and give the defendant an opportunity to request a different court commissioner or waive his right to do that.

» Failing to treat the defendant with patience, dignity and courtesy.

» Failing to remove himself from the Nov. 18, 2015 trial, which failed to promote public confidence in the judiciary.

» Failing to establish, maintain and enforce high standards of conduct and observe those standards.

The Supreme Court decided the most fitting discipline for Gorski was a public reprimand. Gorski remains a Wood County court commissioner. Gorski did not immediately respond to an email requesting a statement. A phone listed on the Wood County website for Gorski was disconnected.

The defendant in the case paid $1,814 to the company that brought the civil case. The defendant filed an appeal to Gorski's decision, but he decided the next day not to appeal the decision, according to court records.

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