No Forced Cheers in Court:

The Associated Press reports that the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct admonished Pierce County Superior Court Judge Beverly Grant for ordering those present in her courtroom to cheer "Go Seahawks" in anticipation of the Seattle Seahawks appearance in the Super Bowl. The action apparently offended a crime victim's relative who was in court.

Grant, who was appointed to the bench in 2003, apologized the following Monday. She eventually filed the formal conduct complaint against herself.

"Although my intentions were to defuse the courtroom situation, I realize now the inappropriateness of my opening comments," Grant told the commission.