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Ex-Judge, Attorney Cut Jail Time With Treatment

November 30, 2001

A former judge and a lawyer convicted in a corruption scandal cut nearly a year from their prison sentences by enrolling in a substance abuse treatment program.

Former Superior Court Judge G. Dennis Adams also has asked to serve the final six months of his sentence at a beachfront home in Hawaii, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Thursday.

Adams, former San Diego attorney Patrick Frega and former Judge James Malkus were convicted in 1996 in a scheme in which Frega gave the judges $25,000 in gifts in exchange for special access and favored treatment.

Frega, 56, and Adams, 60, were sentenced last year to three years and two months, and Malkus, 64, to two years and four months.

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