CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2012 |
An Orange County Superior Court judge has been rebuked by a state oversight committee for violating judicial ethics in trying to help his wife avoid paying late fees levied on an unpaid traffic citation. In a decision released Thursday, the Commission on Judicial Performance issued a public censure of Judge Salvador Sarmiento for "improper conduct in seeking preferential treatment" for his wife. The commission said Sarmiento bypassed typical procedures by asking a subordinate — a court commissioner — to schedule a trial date for his wife after she received a November 2010 citation for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and ignored multiple notices from the court to deal with the ticket.
May 26, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Senate Ethics Committee publicly admonished Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) for improperly meeting with a lobbyist and former aide to Sen. John Ensign, the Nevada Republican who resigned from the Senate after having an affair with the aide's wife. The qualified reprimand for violating the ban on meeting with former staff-turned-lobbyists falls short of a censure or criminal violation. But the committee said it was "improper conduct" for Coburn to meet with Douglas Hampton, the former aide who tried to work as a lobbyist after the affair forced him out of Ensign's office.
April 29, 2009 |
California Treasurer Bill Lockyer on Tuesday asked the country's biggest public pension fund to conduct an internal investigation into investments it made through so-called placement agents, who raise funds for outside asset managers. The request to the California Public Employees' Retirement System board is the latest fallout from investigations by New York Atty. Gen. Andrew Cuomo and the Securities and Exchange Commission of alleged pension-fund improprieties in New York state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2009 |
Former state Senate leader Don Perata has requested a probe of whether FBI agents and federal prosecutors in Sacramento are acting improperly in trying to revive a corruption investigation that was dropped by another U.S. attorney's office, his lawyer said Wednesday. In a letter to the inspector general for the U.S. Justice Department, George O'Connell, an attorney for Perata, accused Acting U.S. Atty. Lawrence G.
February 14, 2008 |
washington -- The Senate Select Committee on Ethics harshly criticized Sen. Larry E. Craig (R-Idaho) on Wednesday for his actions during and after his arrest last summer in a men's restroom at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. In a strongly worded "public letter of admonition," the panel of three Democrats and three Republicans told Craig that his behavior constituted "improper conduct reflecting discreditably on the Senate."
April 2, 2006
Times writer Michael Hiltzik has inaccurately described so-called "private trials" conducted primarily by retired judges and justices in California ("Private Justice Can Be Yours if You're Rich," March 16). Contrary to the information apparently provided to your writer, all temporary judges are lawyers, whether active or inactive, and all are subject to discipline for improper conduct. All sitting judges in California have a vested interest in maintaining public confidence in any proceeding that begins or ends with affirmation by the court.