* In June, Watkins exploded at Putnam County preacher Arthur Hage, who had filed a judicial ethics complaint against Watkins in October over his handling of Hage's divorce.
Watkins ended up shouting at Hage:
"Shut up. I didn't tell you to talk. Did I tell you to talk? What did I tell you right at the beginning of the hearing? Are you deaf? Huh?"
The hearing board decided unanimously that Watkins had committed 24 violations of the state's Code of Judicial Conduct.
It recommended that the state Supreme Court censure Watkins for each violation and suspend him without pay until his term ends on Dec. 31, 2016.
Due process is a dear thing, and the system has handled the public's complaints against this judge in an orderly, almost stately, manner.
But Watkins is still on the bench, and that shouldn't be. A little more speed is called for.