Published on: Sunday, September 10, 2023

Woman is a spectator in back row of Tiffin, Ohio municipal courtroom to watch a proceeding involving her boyfriend. Out of the blue, the judge orders her to take a drug test; when she politely refuses, the judge throws her in jail for 10 days or until she takes the drug test. The judge is later disbarred and removed from the bench for a year because of this misconduct. (Rest assured, Mark Repp runs for the same seat! Loses.) Surely the woman can recover for such an obvious violation of her civil rights? Judges on the Sixth Circuit (unpublished): Of course not. See, we judges are absolutely immune from civil suits for judicial misdeeds.