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October 7, 2007 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
Inside a wire cage in the back of an Orange County courtroom, a middle-aged woman barely a smidgen taller than 4 feet stands up to answer charges of petty theft. "She's a little thing," says Superior Court Judge James M. Brooks. "Is she on her knees?" Without warning, he rises from the bench and puts his hands on his hips as he addresses her, pretending he doesn't believe she can really be so small. "Are you trying to fool me?" he says, unable to keep a straight face. She smiles back at him.
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October 7, 2007 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
Inside a wire cage in the back of an Orange County courtroom, a middle-aged woman barely a smidgen taller than 4 feet stands up to answer charges of petty theft. "She's a little thing," says Superior Court Judge James M. Brooks. "Is she on her knees?" Without warning, he rises from the bench and puts his hands on his hips as he addresses her, pretending he doesn't believe she can really be so small. "Are you trying to fool me?" he says, unable to keep a straight face. She smiles back at him.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2006 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
Orange County Superior Court Judge James M. Brooks, no stranger to scoldings by the state judicial commission, was publicly admonished Wednesday for demeaning and intimidating a husband and wife involved in a civil case, and making prejudicial comments to a Syrian woman involved in a separate property dispute.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2006 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
Orange County Superior Court Judge James M. Brooks, no stranger to scoldings by the state judicial commission, was publicly admonished Wednesday for demeaning and intimidating a husband and wife involved in a civil case, and making prejudicial comments to a Syrian woman involved in a separate property dispute.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1986
Tucked in among the mudslinging and brochure-mailing contests on Tuesday's ballot are several races involving candidates that most Orange County voters never heard of. The candidates are attorneys seeking election as judge, or 4th District Court of Appeal justices running unopposed and seeking voter confirmation for another term. All of the justices deserve reelection. There is no opposition to any of them, nor is there a reason for any.
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January 21, 1993 | DAN WEIKEL and RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The presiding judge of Central Municipal Court on Wednesday rejected allegations that his court systematically denied basic constitutional rights to poor defendants and praised the judge who is the target of a formal complaint filed last week with state judicial authorities. In his first public statements about the controversy surrounding Judge Claude E. Whitney, James M.
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January 17, 1993 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge overseeing one of Orange County's busiest municipal courts systematically prevented poor people from exercising their right to an attorney and ordered those seeking lawyers to return to jail for another week, according to court documents and a formal complaint against the judge. With the knowledge of his boss, Judge Claude E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1986 | John Spano \f7
Superior Court Judge Harmon G. Scoville on Wednesday ordered four claims deleted from candidate statements filed by two prosecutors running for the same judgeship. Scoville ruled that statements by both Paul S. Robbins and James M. Brooks violated state law that prohibits judicial candidates from attacking competitors in statements printed and circulated by election officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1986
Judges Superior Court 2255 of 2255 precincts reporting Office No. 5 Votes % W.W. Bedsworth 250,539 52.7 R.H. Gallivan 224,848 47.2 Central Municipal 379 of 379 precincts reporting Office No. 9 Votes % James M. Brooks 40,197 53.1 Paul S. Robbins 35,451 46.8 North Municipal 639 of 639 precincts reporting Office No. 2 Votes % Betty L. Elias, inc 75,218 54.9 James A. Bates 61,629 45.0 Office No. 3 Votes % Roger B. Robbins 69,924 54.9 Richard E. Behn 57,318 45.
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January 10, 1991 | JON NALICK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A man and woman convicted of resisting arrest during an anti-abortion protest opted Wednesday to spend six months in jail rather than accept probation that would have prohibited their participating in similar protests for three years, court officials said Wednesday. Municipal Judge James M. Brooks sentenced Carolyn Martin, 24, of Anaheim and Cuby Valdez of Bloomington in San Bernardino County in connection with the protest at a Tustin medical clinic on April 13, 1990.
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January 21, 1993 | DAN WEIKEL and RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The presiding judge of Central Municipal Court on Wednesday rejected allegations that his court systematically denied basic constitutional rights to poor defendants and praised the judge who is the target of a formal complaint filed last week with state judicial authorities. In his first public statements about the controversy surrounding Judge Claude E. Whitney, James M.
NEWS
January 17, 1993 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge overseeing one of Orange County's busiest municipal courts systematically prevented poor people from exercising their right to an attorney and ordered those seeking lawyers to return to jail for another week, according to court documents and a formal complaint against the judge. With the knowledge of his boss, Judge Claude E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1986
Tucked in among the mudslinging and brochure-mailing contests on Tuesday's ballot are several races involving candidates that most Orange County voters never heard of. The candidates are attorneys seeking election as judge, or 4th District Court of Appeal justices running unopposed and seeking voter confirmation for another term. All of the justices deserve reelection. There is no opposition to any of them, nor is there a reason for any.
NEWS
August 21, 1986
Two Orange County prosecutors running for the same judgeship filed separate lawsuits, each alleging that the other made false claims in candidate statements. James M. Brooks and Paul Robbins sought separate court orders for the deletion of allegedly misleading and untrue material from the statements, to be mailed to voters before the Nov. 4 election. Brooks and Robbins are the two runoff candidates for Central Orange County Municipal Judge, District 9. Brooks won 47.6% and Robbins 37.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1993
In an unprecedented but warranted criticism of the bench, the Orange County Bar Assn. has blasted Santa Ana's Municipal Court for its failure to guard the constitutional rights of indigent defendants. The bar's recommendations are a valuable prescription for reform and a boost for the judicial system. The bar investigated for 2 1/2 months and found a routine denial of due process in one of the county's busiest courts.
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