by Max Brantley
The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission voted last week to issue an agreed letter of admonishment to Cross County District Judge Joseph Boeckmann of Wynne over a phone call he made to Wynne police about a person stopped in a vehicle registered to Boeckmann's family business.
"Your call made it unclear if you were acting as an attorney, a friend or in your capacity as judge," the letter said. "These actions actions made it difficult for others to determine your role and your authority. In the future you should avoid being involved in similar situations without clarifying your role and interest."
Boeckmann inquired about the nature of the detention and when the driver would be free to go to work. "The call gave the impression that you were using your title to aid a private interest," the letter said. "You also helped return stolen goods that were taken by one of your family's part-time employees. This led to a sitting judge handling stolen property, albeit in an effor to turn the property over to authorities. You should avoid similar situations in the future."
The commission voted Friday to accept the agreed settlment of the inquiry into Boeckmann's call.