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After the Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards issued a formal complaint against Judge George Perez, a former judge of the Minnesota Tax Court, a three-member fact-finding panel found that Judge Perez had violated the Code of Judicial Conduct and Minnesota law by failing to issue decisions in a timely manner, making false certifications, and making false statements in his decisions. Shortly after the panel issued its findings, the Minnesota Senate refused to confirm Judge Perez’s appointment, thereby immediately ending his judgeship. Both Judge Perez and the Board appealed the panel’s decision. The Supreme Court (1) denied Judge Perez’s motion to dismiss; (2) upheld the panel’s finding that the Board proved that Judge Perez committed misconduct; and (3) concluded that the appropriate discipline was public censure, referral to the Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation, and supervision by the Court of any application for admission to the Minnesota Bar that Judge Perez may file in the future.