A Shawnee County District Court judge has been admonished for testifying on behalf of a friend convicted of accidentally killing a hunter in Lyon County.


A Shawnee County District Court judge has been admonished for testifying on behalf of a friend convicted of accidentally killing a hunter in Lyon County.

In a two-page order filed Friday, the Kansas Commission on Judicial Qualification instructed District Judge Daniel Mitchell to “cease and desist from voluntarily testifying as a character witness.”

A canon of the Code of Judicial Conduct says in part that “a judge shall not testify voluntarily as a character witness. To do so may lend the prestige of the judicial office in support of the part for whom the judge testifies,” the code states.