According to the order from the Judicial Conduct Commission, Judge Sam Potter, Jr. waived formal proceedings and agreed to the order.
The commission says during the preliminary investigation, Judge Potter consumed alcohol to the degree that it affected the performance of his duties, he appeared in court disheveled and engaged in erratic behavior, routinely made inappropriate statements to parties and attorneys in open court, on numerous occasions he failed to provide basic due process rights to criminal defendants, engaged in ex-parte communications, and neglected his judicial responsibilities or performed them in a substandard manner.
The Judicial Conduct Commission suspended Judge Potter without pay for 30 days beginning December 15, 2015 until January 13, 2016.
The Judicial Conduct Commission is the only entity that can take disciplinary action against a sitting Kentucky Judge.
During the investigation, Judge Potter entered into an in-patient treatment program. When he successfully completed the program, he entered into a contract with the Kentucky Lawyers Assistance Program and has agreed to abide by all terms and allowed the Commission to monitor his progress.