Allred returns to bench Monday
by James Phillips
Mar 23, 2013 | 3794 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Judge Henry Allred
Judge Henry Allred
Suspended Walker County District Judge Henry Allred was reinstated to his position Friday after a hearing in Montgomery before the Alabama Court of the Judiciary.

Allred was suspended on March 12 due to a complaint filed against him by an attorney who alledged Allred made public statements on Facebook and via email about a contempt proceeding he initiated against her in March 2012 as well as other events and actions related to the contempt proceeding.

The suspension was procedural in nature, and with a settlement reached Friday, Allred is expected to return to the bench Monday morning.

Allred said Friday he could not comment on the issue, but he expected he would release an official statement in the near future.

According to the public reprimand released by the Court of the Judiciary Friday, the group regarded Allred’s conduct as serious violations of judicial ethics.

The reprimand stated, “This Court, in arriving at the decision to issue a reprimand and censure to Judge Allred, rather than a more serious sanction, considered that Judge Allred, when confronted with his misconduct, admitted the same and its wrongfulness, and has before this Court acknowledged such misconduct and has agreed, in addition to being publicly reprimanded and censured, to send an e-mail apology, approved by the Commission and attached hereto as an exhibit, to each circuit and district judge to whom he sent his original email.”

The court also ordered Allred be taxed costs in the proceeding.

In Allred’s apology letter, which was attached to the reprimand, he said the correspondance was two-fold.

“First, I apologize for making public comment on a pending matter in both the e-mail and the Facebook posting. Second, I want to caution everyone about the dangers of social media,” Allred said in the letter. “Once something is posted to a forum where others (even close friends) can have access to it, control over that posting is lost forever. Regardless of intent, judges are, and should be, held to a higher standard of conduct. I should have more closely adhered to that principle. I have closed my Facebook account and will not reopen it. Nor will I ever again discuss, through any means, outside of the judicial process, matters pending before me.”