Court orders Judge Woodard to be publicly reprimanded February 1, 2006 Regular News Court orders Judge Woodard to be publicly reprimanded The Supreme Court has ordered Charlotte County Judge W. Wayne Woodard be publicly reprimanded for improperly trying to discourage an opponent from running against him, providing false information in his campaign literature, and repeatedly exhibiting rudeness and impatience with those appearing before him.In its January 5 ruling, the court also ordered Judge Woodard to complete “suitable anger management counseling.”Judge Woodard fully admitted engaging in the improper behavior and entered into a stipulated agreement with the Judicial Qualifications Commission.The seven violations of the judicial canons include:• In 2004, Woodard made an improper effort to discourage an opponent from running against him.• Woodard was frequently late in beginning scheduled first appearance hearings.• He left an arraignment to conduct a radio campaign interview.• Woodard once began his small claims docket at 8:50 a.m., when it was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and insisted that an attorney commence her case in the absence of her opponent, stating, “The docket starts when I say it starts.”• Woodard incorrectly asserted in campaign literature the number of jury trials over which he presided.• Despite the fact that following the hurricanes in the summer of 2004 the trial schedule was in disarray, when an expert witness in a small claims case pending before him failed to appear, Woodard issued a bench warrant for the witness with a $100,000 bond. This resulted in that person being incarcerated for seven hours before Woodard released him on his own recognizance.• Repeatedly exhibited rudeness and impatience with counsel, witnesses, and parties appearing before him.“[W]e determine that Judge Woodard’s misconduct is unbecoming to a member of the judiciary and undermines the integrity of the judicial system,” the court said. “Accordingly, we approve the recommended sanction of a public reprimand and completion of ‘suitable anger management counseling.’”Judge Woodard was directed to appear before the court for the administration of the public reprimand at 8:30 a.m. on February 10.
Leveraged credit specialist Eaton Vance has launched a multi-asset credit fund that will invest in global sub-investment-grade credit.The fund is an Irish-domiciled qualifying investor alternative investment fund that complies with the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive.It will target higher-yielding credit assets, including global high-yield bonds and floating-rate loans, while up to 40% of its assets may be allocated to “opportunistic and risk-reducing fixed income asset classes”, according to the $318.7bn (€281.2bn) asset manager.The fund is available to investors in the UK and Ireland, and is due to be registered in other jurisdictions, too. In other news, Willis Towers Watson (WTW) has launched an equity fund for institutional investors that follows five other pooled funds, including a diversified multi-asset fund.The fund comprises the top 10-15 stock picks from eight top-rated investment managers, with risk managed at the portfolio level.The other four pooled funds followed by the fund are two liquid alternative funds and an alternative credit fund.Together, the six pooled funds have assets under management of around $5bn (€4.4bn).David Shapiro, portfolio manager of WTW’s Global Equity Focus Fund, said the consultancy “would assert that this high active share fund, offered at such a competitive price, is a world first”.