by Mindy Aguon
Guam - A public reprimand of retired superior court judge Steven Unpingco was posted in a local newspaper on Friday. The reprimand stemmed from an ethics complaint filed by former Guam International Airport Authority executive manager Jerry Yingling, whose conviction was overturned.
The Supreme Court of Guam found there was no evidence that Yingling did anything wrong. The Guam Bar Ethics Committee found that Unpingco failed to remain temperate, patient, and courteous and violated the canons of judicial ethics by making disparaging remarks about a fellow member of the bench.
Yingling calls Unpingco's behavior on the bench "egregious" and says the judge denied him fair, due process because of "political and public pressure created mostly by a single publisher and others..." he adds the ethics complaints against the judge were to prevent Unpingco from ever doing the same to another citizen and ensure Unpingco did not ascend to the supreme court.