The Norfolk paper reports here ("Portsmouth judge taken off bench by court order," 8/28/04) and the AP reports here that the Virginia Supreme Court has ordered the removal from the bench of a General District Court judge in Portsmouth, for as-yet unknown reasons.
The articles note that the judge, Hon. Archie Elliott, Jr., was disappointed that he was not elected chief judge for his district: "After losing the election for chief judge, Elliott wrote and distributed letters to his colleagues, legislators and other judges saying the selection process was unfair. He also said that blacks were underrepresented as clerks in the court’s criminal division and under-utilized as substitute judges." Elliott was first appointed as judge in 1979.