Judge admits misconduct in Lake Charles murder case, seeks leniency

Judge admits misconduct in Lake Charles murder case, seeks leniency
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Canaday said Friday that he knew better, but that he granted the motion anyway, without looking at it. He claimed he never meant to turn over the records to the DA without a hearing.

“I’m signing motions, and I’m just signing things, and I’m not even reading them,” he recalled, crediting his gaffe to complacency.

“If I was on the other side, I would be offended,” he said of his actions.

Canaday also said he became caught up in antagonism between one of Bartie’s attorneys, Adam Johnson, and Hugo Holland, the prosecutor heading the Bartie case.

Johnson declined to comment Friday.

Canaday portrayed his misconduct as an anomaly in a judicial career that began in 2000. Yet he was forced to acknowledge that the commission had issued him an earlier “caution” for stripping an inmate of writing privileges.

Canaday was later booted from the Bartie case, in a recusal upheld by the Louisiana Supreme Court, which ultimately will determine any discipline.

The Judiciary Commission is charged with investigating complaints of misconduct by judges and recommending discipline to the high court.

Under pressure over a lack of transparency, the Supreme Court opened up commission hearings three years ago, also making allegations against judges public earlier in the process.

On Friday, Judiciary Commission members pressed Canaday over his biases, including a reputation for favoring the state in criminal cases.

Appeals court Judge Sharon Wilson, whose 3rd Circuit encompasses the court where Canaday has long served, suggested that Canaday was predisposed to believe the state.

“Has this incident taught you, you may have had a bias towards the state, because the state is presumed to be the carrier of justice?” Wilson asked. “Has that penetrated your thoughts?”

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