In a rare move, Appeal Court justices publicly admonished Scott for his conduct during trials that led to overturned convictions and a waste of public funds.
"This is the second time in less than one year that this court has allowed appeals relating to judgments of this trial judge on the basis of reasonable apprehension of bias," reported the Appeals Court. "In both instances, public resources were wasted, great inconvenience to the parties resulted, and the integrity of the administration of justice was tarnished."
As part of the recent decision, the Appeals Court overturned Justice Scott's convictions against two Belleville men, John Huang and Ying Huang, for various drug-related offenses. The misconduct on the part of the justice that was at issue involved interjecting while John Huang was being questioned by the Crown Attorney on the stand, and asking him if he understood "what perjury is". The optics of this action suggested that the justice may have already judged the case on a premature basis.
Neither of the appeals for which the top court heard in relation to Justice Robert Scott involved the Williams matter.