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April 14, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The outspoken judge who presided over the trial of serial killer Randy Steven Kraft was removed Monday from another highly publicized murder case for the appearance of bias. Judge Donald A. McCartin was removed from the case of Cynthia Lynn Coffman, who is being tried in connection with the killing of a 19-year-old college student in Huntington Beach. She faces the death penalty if convicted.
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February 24, 2002 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The judge is under house arrest and has an electronic bracelet strapped to his ankle. He can't go out for a quart of milk without court approval, let alone hit the campaign trail. Talk radio hosts crusading against his reelection have gone so far as to broadcast from in front of his home in Turtle Rock, an exclusive neighborhood in Irvine. As a candidate, Orange County Superior Court Judge Ronald C.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1998 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state appeals court has taken the unusual step of removing an Orange County Superior Court judge from a case involving a commercial photographer who refused to include a picture of a gay man and his male companion in a high school reunion yearbook. The 4th District Court of Appeal ordered that Judge David H. Brickner be taken off the case after he declined to follow the appeals court's instruction to award attorney's fees to the man, stage actor David Engel of Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He describes himself as a conservative judge in a conservative county. But many of those who have watched the career of Orange County Superior Court Judge James P. Gray said his approach to the job is anything but traditional. Part rebel, part reformer, part conciliator, he has put together a record that keeps him in the limelight. Gray's views make him a frequent target.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1985 | BILL BILLITER and KENNETH F. BUNTING, Times Staff Writers
The game was "judges," the rules were unorthodox and the political stakes were high. When the dust settled, a key legislative panel recommended Monday that Orange County get three new Superior Court judges and one new Municipal Court judge. The panel also recommended stricter rules about who may use the county's historic courthouse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1990 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ
A little more than a year ago, it looked like Orange County's overtaxed court system might get some relief. The state Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously endorsed a measure to create 13 new judgeships in the county. But that bill, like several previous and similar measures, died before it could reach the Senate floor. Informed government-watchers believe there is little chance that the Democrat-controlled Legislature will cough up new judges for Orange County as long as Republican Gov.
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February 21, 1997 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Setting up a possible showdown between local judges and Orange County supervisors, the state Judicial Council ruled Thursday that the county should pay up to $18.9 million more to keep its trial courts running through June. The unanimous decision by the panel of legal professionals that handles administrative matters for California's courts came after judges from Orange County argued that courthouses are now only weeks away from shutting down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1989 | JANICE JONES
The Orange County chapter of the California Elected Women's Assn. for Education and Research will honor Orange County's female judges at a reception tonight. "Out of 106 judges in Orange County, 15 are women and we have chosen to honor them and highlight the importance of their presence on the bench," said Marcia Milchiker, chapter president. Among those honored will be Sheila Prell Sonenshine, an associate justice in the California Court of Appeals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1989 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Judicial Council has moved to clear the legal obstacles that have blocked implementation of a constitutional amendment allowing public hearings into charges of misconduct against California judges. An Orange County case involving Harbor Municipal Court Judge Calvin P. Schmidt caused the delay in implementing public hearings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1998 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson named two new judges for Orange County on Wednesday, but left outgoing Dist. Atty. Mike Capizzi off the list--a move seen by some as political payback. On the next-to-last working day of his own term, Wilson appointed Gerald Gordon Johnston and James Selna to fill two seats on the Orange County Superior Court bench.
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December 29, 2000 | RICHARD MAROSI
One of Orange County's highest-ranking prosecutors was appointed by Gov. Gray Davis on Thursday to serve as a Superior Court judge. Assistant Dist. Atty. Richard M. King, will succeed Judge Eileen C. Moore, who was elevated to the state Court of Appeal in Santa Ana earlier this month. King, 53, of Lake Forest, headed the District Attorney's homicide unit for 10 years and handled more than 30 murder trials, including the longest criminal trial in county history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2000 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Superior Court Commissioner Sheila Fell upset sheriff's deputies with one of her rulings in a lawsuit against them. Former prosecutor Jan Nolan got slapped with a low bar association rating, which many attribute to her close ties to former Dist. Atty. Mike Capizzi. They'll learn next month whether those negative marks will hurt them at the polls as they run for separate Superior Court judgeships with no incumbents in the race.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2000 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Orange County judge accused of releasing suspects at the request of a longtime friend was publicly admonished Tuesday by a state agency for violating ethics codes in several cases near the end of his 20-year term. The state Commission on Judicial Performance concluded that former West Justice Center jurist Luis A. Cardenas acted improperly by releasing or reducing the bail of six people who were clients of attorney Leonard Basinger or his daughter, Ginger Larson Kelley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2000 | STUART PFEIFER
A state agency recommended Monday that an Orange County judge receive a public admonishment for making inappropriate comments to parties involved in three criminal cases between 1993 and 1997. The Commission on Judicial Performance criticized Judge Susanne Shaw for comments she made to prosecutors about two criminal cases (in one instance she suggested that some Orange County prosecutors had drinking problems) and to a criminal defendant in a third case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2000 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County family court judge who pleaded guilty to a drunken driving charge earlier this year was publicly admonished Tuesday by a state panel for breaching ethical standards and failing to report his conviction to the state Commission on Judicial Performance. Judge Gary P. Ryan, a 20-year veteran of the bench, showed "gross disregard [for] the principles of personal and official conduct" and failed to act in a manner that promotes public confidence in the judiciary, the panel concluded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2000 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Orange County Superior Court judge accused of releasing suspects at the request of a longtime friend has been cleared of most misconduct charges by a panel of the state Commission on Judicial Performance. The three-judge panel, in a report released Thursday, said Luis A. Cardenas did not show favoritism by releasing or reducing the bail of more than 20 clients of criminal defense attorney Leonard Basinger.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1989 | DAVE LESHER and LILY ENG, Times Staff Writers
Orange County supervisors unanimously voted themselves a two-step 25% pay raise Wednesday without a word of comment despite complaints from about 25 county employees that the decision is "absurd" at a time when the government faces difficult financial times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1997 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. says he and his colleagues "cringed" when they learned that the case of former Black Panther leader Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt was being transferred to Orange County. The dominant perception in Los Angeles, Cochran says, is that judges and juries in Orange County deliver assembly-line justice and are hostile to minorities. But Pratt's case landed in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Everett W.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2000 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state panel has rejected most of the misconduct allegations against an Orange County judge, saying her courtroom behavior--including stern lectures to drunk driving defendants and occasional singing--does not constitute wrongdoing. The three-judge panel for the Commission on Judicial Performance concluded that while Judge Susanne S. Shaw sometimes "crossed the line" in her dealings with defendants, her vocal stance against drunk driving is well-meaning and that she acts responsibly.
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