August 20, 1999 |
A state watchdog agency dismissed misconduct charges Thursday against Court of Appeal Justice J. Anthony Kline for failing to follow a precedent in a court dissent. "We recognize that appellate jurists deal with legal principles and ideas," said the order by the Commission on Judicial Performance, approved on an 8-1 vote with two abstentions.
July 17, 1998 |
The American Bar Assn., the nation's largest lawyers organization, urged the California Commission on Judicial Performance on Thursday to withdraw charges of "willful misconduct" that it filed this month against a veteran state appeals court judge.
April 22, 1999 |
A newly reconstituted state judicial watchdog panel--now dominated by Democrats--has taken the first step toward dismissing misconduct charges against an appeals court judge accused of flouting the law in a court dissent. California Court of Appeal Justice J. Anthony Kline, appointed to the bench by then-Gov. Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown Jr., was charged last year with misconduct for writing in a dissent that he would not follow a controversial California Supreme Court ruling.
July 31, 1998 |
A bill to curb the powers of the state's Commission on Judicial Performance has sailed through an Assembly committee--a move that both the commission and its opponents see as a reaction against its investigation of a well-known state appellate judge. The measure would sharply limit the commission's power to discipline a judge in cases like that faced by Justice J. Anthony Kline of San Francisco. The bill now appears to be on a fast track toward legislative approval, although Gov.
October 2, 1998 |
Gov. Pete Wilson has vetoed legislation that would have prohibited a judge from being disciplined for a legally flawed or rebellious opinion. The bill by Assemblywoman Martha Escutia (D-Bell) was prompted by disciplinary charges against Presiding Justice J. Anthony Kline of the 1st District Court of Appeal. Kline was former Gov. Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown Jr.'s legal affairs advisor. In a dissenting opinion last December, Kline refused to follow a 1992 ruling by the state Supreme Court.
July 26, 1985
When comic Robin Williams ripped into Rege brand wines during a videotaped comedy performance, the owner of Rege Cellars was not laughing. Instead, he sued, but a state Court of Appeal dismissed the suit, saying "figments of a comic's imagination" are protected by the First Amendment. David Rege accused Williams, Polygram Records Inc.