Watson, who retired last month, told the neighbors he didn't want to hear about testimony that came during a pretrial deposition.
"Believe me, the last thing in the world I would look at unless somebody points a gun at my head is a deposition in this case," he said. "I don't even want to hear this case, let alone read depositions."
The commission said in its ruling that Watson "failed to be patient, dignified and courteous with the parties and lawyers."
In February 2006, the commission reprimanded Watson for using his taxpayer-funded courtroom clerk to help with secretarial tasks involving the day-to-day management of two rental properties he owned. Eight months later, the panel privately admonished Watson for an e-mail sent to other judges that was perceived as biased or prejudiced.
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