“Judge Les Hayes once sentenced a single mother to 496 days behind bars for failing to pay traffic tickets. The sentence was so stiff it exceeded the jail time Alabama allows for negligent homicide.” He got a suspension, but still got back on the bench and retired a judge. Turns out this is the rule, not the exception. Reuters: Thousands of U.S. judges who broke laws or oaths remained on the bench. “All told, 9 of every 10 judges were allowed to return to the bench after they were sanctioned for misconduct, Reuters determined. They included a California judge who had sex in his courthouse chambers, once with his former law intern and separately with an attorney; a New York judge who berated domestic violence victims; and a Maryland judge who, after his arrest for driving drunk, was allowed to return to the bench provided he took a Breathalyzer test before each appearance.” (At this point, I’m glad that’s not a requirement for news curators…)