Judicial disciplinary commission again monitoring McGee

The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline has re-opened its behavioral monitoring case against retired District Judge Charles McGee following his appointment to a case as a senior judge.

The order issued Jan. 18 essentially asks McGee to prove he is still winning his battle against alcohol abuse.

McGee retired from the bench at the end of 2004, two years after he was elected to a fourth term as a Washoe County District Judge in family court.

The Judicial Discipline Commission opened a case against him after McGee was convicted of DUI in December 2003. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to attend alcohol counseling five times a week, pay a $700 fine and serve two days in jail.

The commission stopped monitoring his case in October 2007, but specifically reserved the right to re-open it in the event McGee was appointed to sit as a senior judge.

He was appointed to a case by the Nevada Supreme Court in December, prompting an order from the commission Jan. 18 directing him to provide Executive Director David Sarnowski with any medical records and support documents regarding the status of his treatment.

He must provide all medical records of treatment from January 2007 to the present, a statement from someone other than McGee supporting that documentation, evidence to show how often he attended AA meetings and sworn statements from McGee detailing all prescription medications he has used in that period.

He was also ordered to obtain a written statement from someone who has served as his sponsor or support in his battle against alcoholism with an assessment of his progress in treatment.

The order authorized by the full commission gives McGee until March 1 to submit those documents and anything else he chooses to add to the file.

• Contact reporter Geoff Dornan at gdornan@nevadaappeal.com or 687-8750.

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