The Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards has publicly reprimanded Wabasha County Judge Terrence M. Walters for rules violations.

The Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards has publicly reprimanded Wabasha County Judge Terrence M. Walters for rules violations.

The board says in one case, Walters was discourteous to a deaf psychologist who was being retained to see if a deaf defendant was competent. The psychologist withdrew.

In another case, Walters tried a defendant who was not in court. The board says the judge also refused to allow a public defender to ask if a defendant wanted to withdraw a guilty plea. And Walters failed to supervise his law clerk and approved the clerk's inaccurate timesheets.

The board ordered Walters to undergo anger management and find a mentor. He also has to write a letter of apology to the psychologist.

A phone message left for Walters was not immediately returned Tuesday.