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August 16, 2006 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
The state Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished Riverside County Superior Court Judge Paul E. Zellerbach on Tuesday for refusing to return from an Angels playoff game to handle a verdict in a murder trial and turning down the attorneys' request to allow another judge to receive the jury's verdict. When Zellerbach attended the Oct.
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August 17, 1994 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A Kings County judge was accused of serious misconduct Tuesday on the opening day of the first public judicial disciplinary proceeding against a state judge since California voters passed a 1988 initiative designed to strip the veil of secrecy from such proceedings. Deputy Atty. Gen. Raymond L. Brosterhous II, representing the state Commission on Judicial Performance, asserted that Corcoran Municipal Judge Glenda K.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1989 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
Buoyed by a partial victory, Judge Calvin P. Schmidt, under investigation for official misconduct, will fight to clear his name, his lawyer vowed Friday. "We believe he will be totally vindicated," said Tom Malcolm, lawyer for Schmidt, a Harbor Municipal judge in Newport Beach. "He's going to fight and he's going to win," Malcolm said. "When his term expires at the end of the year, he has plans to retire. He is going to retire with a clean record." Schmidt is under investigation by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, which had announced plans to hold public hearings in the case.
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July 15, 1988 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
The state Judicial Performance Commission urged Thursday that a San Bernardino County Justice Court judge be publicly censured for a series of improper actions on the bench. The watchdog commission, by a narrow 5-4 vote, asked the state Supreme Court to reprimand Judge David Press, 75, of the Crest Forest Justice Court for prejudicial and willful misconduct in office.
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March 14, 1990 | JIM CARLTON and JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Previously private files were released Tuesday on a now-closed investigation of Harbor Court judges, providing new details of a meeting in which three judges allegedly tried to thwart the Newport Beach Police Department's inquiry. A two-foot stack of Orange County district attorney investigative records, made available to The Times' Orange County Edition and the Orange County Register, show that prosecutors spent more than four years intermittently investigating Harbor judges Brian R.
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February 23, 1989 | JIM CARLTON and JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writers
The Orange County district attorney's office on Wednesday released documents detailing for the first time how it conducted a highly unusual, 3-year investigation of former Harbor Municipal Judge Brian R. Carter that included surveillance of his friends and interrogation of his staff.
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August 14, 1995 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The new makeup of the state Commission on Judicial Performance, overhauled by a voter initiative in November, has made many judges leery of being judged by appointees chosen for political leanings over competence. The panel now includes an outspoken victims-rights advocate who has campaigned against lenient judges, a former state coastal commissioner who himself was investigated for alleged ethical lapses, and the law office manager for Assembly Speaker emeritus Willie Brown.
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February 7, 1987 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
The state Judicial Performance Commission said Friday it had rejected a proposal that for the first time would have put non-judges in control of the watchdog agency. The commission, however, did vote to go forward with proposals to the Legislature that would increase the commission's power to discipline judges for misconduct.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2006 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
A former Orange County Superior Court judge who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography was barred Thursday from receiving work from state courts. The action against Ronald C. Kline, 65, of Irvine is the most serious punishment the state Commission on Judicial Performance can give a former judge. If the commission had not taken action, Kline would have been eligible to sit in for judges on vacation or act as a referee handling complex litigation issues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1997
The state Commission on Judicial Performance confirmed Tuesday that it has launched an investigation of former Pomona Superior Court Judge George W. Trammell, who retired Jan. 9 amid allegations of sexual misconduct. The panel's ethics probe follows the disclosure April 7 that the district attorney's office will not file charges against Trammell for his role in a relationship that developed last year with Pifen Lo, 37, a former defendant in his courtroom.
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