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September 18, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Superior Court judge in Riverside County is accused of misconduct for allegedly failing to follow proper procedures before ordering that some parents or guardians lose custody of their children, the state Commission on Judicial Performance said Monday. Judge Eugene R. Bishop faces four counts of violating due process by not allowing parents or guardians a "notice or reasonable opportunity to be heard" in connection with four cases from 1997 to 1999, according to the commission.
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August 30, 2007 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO -- Judge Robert Spitzer, the hopelessly messy jurist who faces possible removal from the bench over allegations that he let cases languish and improperly contacted witnesses, told a skeptical state judicial panel Wednesday that he should be censured but allowed to keep his job. In a hearing before the state's Commission on Judicial Performance, the Riverside County Superior Court judge was accused of repeatedly lying and undermining public trust in the judiciary.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1989
Gov. George Deukmejian has appointed two judges to fill newly created positions on municipal courts in Los Angeles and Riverside counties. Steven Suzukawa, 35, of Los Angeles, was named to the Compton Judicial District. He has been a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney since 1980. Lawrence Fry, 42, of Rancho Mirage, was selected for the Desert Judicial District. Fry has been a Riverside County Municipal Court commissioner since 1987. Municipal Court judges earn $77,409 a year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Superior Court judge in Riverside County is accused of misconduct for allegedly failing to follow proper procedures before ordering that some parents or guardians lose custody of their children, the state Commission on Judicial Performance said Monday. Judge Eugene R. Bishop faces four counts of violating due process by not allowing parents or guardians a "notice or reasonable opportunity to be heard" in connection with four cases from 1997 to 1999, according to the commission.
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January 12, 1991 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For nearly 30 years, residents of the rugged eastern Mojave Desert have fought to obtain something just about everybody else takes for granted--basic telephone service. On Friday, they moved a big step closer to their goal. After a hearing in San Francisco, an administrative law judge for the state Public Utilities Commission concluded that the desert dwellers desperately need telephones and that a Fresno County company's plan to provide the service appears economically viable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2007 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO -- Judge Robert Spitzer, the hopelessly messy jurist who faces possible removal from the bench over allegations that he let cases languish and improperly contacted witnesses, told a skeptical state judicial panel Wednesday that he should be censured but allowed to keep his job. In a hearing before the state's Commission on Judicial Performance, the Riverside County Superior Court judge was accused of repeatedly lying and undermining public trust in the judiciary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Efforts to abolish a private tollway on the notoriously clogged Riverside Freeway gained legal momentum Tuesday when a judge refused to kill a lawsuit that contends the 91 Express Lanes were built illegally. The ruling places the case on track for a jury trial. Jurors won't hear the matter any time soon though: Lawyers said trial preparations will take at least a year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday announced the appointment of two Riverside County Superior Court judges: Riverside County Supervising Deputy Dist. Atty. Judith C. Clark and veteran civil attorney Harold W. Hopp. Clark, 41, is a career prosecutor who has specialized in prosecuting sexual-assault and child-abuse cases. She replaces Judge Ronald R. Heumann, who retired. Hopp, 45, has practiced law in Riverside County for 17 years and has practiced civil litigation since 1990.
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December 2, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Because of a severe shortage of judges, Riverside County Superior Court will suspend most civil trials for more than a month to help chip away at the backlog of criminal cases, Presiding Judge Sharon J. Waters announced Wednesday. The civil trials will be postponed from Dec. 12 through Jan. 20, with longer delays possible. Criminal cases, however, must be tried within constitutionally mandated time limits. Riverside County's ratio of 3.
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October 26, 2010 | By Maura Dolan and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
A shortage of judges in Riverside County has led to the dismissal of hundreds of criminal cases, a practice the California Supreme Court upheld on Monday and blamed on the state's budget woes. In unanimous ruling, the state high court said Riverside County's dearth of judges represented a "chronic" problem that was the fault of the budget-strapped state. The case before the court involved an accused burglar, one of 18 criminal defendants whose cases were dismissed on the same day after they invoked their rights to speedy trials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Efforts to abolish a private tollway on the notoriously clogged Riverside Freeway gained legal momentum Tuesday when a judge refused to kill a lawsuit that contends the 91 Express Lanes were built illegally. The ruling places the case on track for a jury trial. Jurors won't hear the matter any time soon though: Lawyers said trial preparations will take at least a year.
NEWS
January 12, 1991 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For nearly 30 years, residents of the rugged eastern Mojave Desert have fought to obtain something just about everybody else takes for granted--basic telephone service. On Friday, they moved a big step closer to their goal. After a hearing in San Francisco, an administrative law judge for the state Public Utilities Commission concluded that the desert dwellers desperately need telephones and that a Fresno County company's plan to provide the service appears economically viable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1989
Gov. George Deukmejian has appointed two judges to fill newly created positions on municipal courts in Los Angeles and Riverside counties. Steven Suzukawa, 35, of Los Angeles, was named to the Compton Judicial District. He has been a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney since 1980. Lawrence Fry, 42, of Rancho Mirage, was selected for the Desert Judicial District. Fry has been a Riverside County Municipal Court commissioner since 1987. Municipal Court judges earn $77,409 a year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1985 | BARRY S. SURMAN, Times Staff Writer
For more than a year and a half, Louis deBottari fought to halt development of a housing tract along the bluffs overlooking the Santa Ana River. In pursuing a lawsuit to force a public vote on the project, the former councilman said he was trying to protect not only the restrictive zoning standards of this rural-residential city but also the constitutional right of California residents to challenge zoning decisions by elected officials.
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