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A Family Court judge who told a man seeking visitation rights that he appeared to be "more than a little nuts" should be admonished, a state judicial panel recommended Tuesday.

Montgomery County Family Court Judge Robert Going made the comment during a proceeding in May 1996, according to the state Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Going was under the mistaken belief that he had ordered a psychological exam for the litigant, who was not identified by the commission.

Going said he was going to dismiss the man's claim until he took such an exam "because it appears to me . . . that you are more than a little nuts," the commission said.

The panel recommended Going be admonished, which is equivalent to a public slap on the wrist.

The recommendation will be finalized in 30 days, unless Going appeals to the state Court of Appeals.

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