St. Paul (AP) The state Supreme Court removed a mentally ill Hennepin County judge from his post on Monday, saying his criminal behavior "undermines the public's confidence and respect for the judiciary as a whole."
Besides being stripped of his judgeship, Harvey Ginsberg was suspended from practicing law for at least a year. He has been off the bench since being suspended in June.
In addition to numerous questionable decisions and comments in his official duties, Ginsberg had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for threatening a teenager he believed had stolen his son's bicycle, and was convicted of a gross misdemeanor for damaging a woman's car in a parking lot dispute.
"Criminal conduct affects not only the public's perception of Judge Ginsberg, but also undermines the public's confidence and respect for the judiciary as a whole," according to the court order.