NBC 15 News has confirmed the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission is investigating a Mobile County juvenile court judge. Attorney Christine Hernandez filed that complaint against Judge Edmond Naman January this year. The complaint is sealed so details are limited, but there is at least confirmation of its existence from an appellate court ruling related to her complaint.
It's an unusual legal twist in a system that's largely secret. Most complaints against judges are dismissed outright. Only in rare circumstances are details made public. It usually takes the Judicial Inquiry Commission filing a formal complaint with the Court of the Judiciary for that to happen. That's a special court that only hears cases related to judge's conduct. The same one that removed Roy Moore from the bench twice.
Judge Naman says he has not spoken with the JIC or its investigators and is “not fully aware of all the allegations” against him. Naman says he plans to meet with the JIC in August and will cooperate in the investigation.
Hernandez issued this statement late Wednesday afternoon:
I filed a judicial inquiry petition against Judge Edmond Naman and there has been an ongoing investigation for several months. I have been subpoenaed and testified before the judicial inquiry commission and I look forward to the conclusion of the investigation. In my opinion, I believe Judge Naman has disregarded the constitutional rights of adults and juveniles that have appeared before him. In addition, I believe that Judge Naman has repeatedly disregarded Alabama statutes and handled matters and people in a manner that has been contrary to the law. He has also directed employees of the Strickland Youth Center to do things under his leadership that are improper. In my opinion he has violated several cannons of the judicial canons.