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February 10, 1995 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The California Supreme Court on Thursday publicly censured a Fresno Superior Court judge for sexual harassment after finding that he made suggestive comments and inappropriate advances to staff members. The court acted after an investigation by a judicial watchdog agency determined that Judge John E. Fitch, 62, made offensive remarks to female court reporters and clerks about their buttocks, breasts and legs and patted a court reporter and a court trainee on the buttocks.
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February 10, 1995 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The California Supreme Court on Thursday publicly censured a Fresno Superior Court judge for sexual harassment after finding that he made suggestive comments and inappropriate advances to staff members. The court acted after an investigation by a judicial watchdog agency determined that Judge John E. Fitch, 62, made offensive remarks to female court reporters and clerks about their buttocks, breasts and legs and patted a court reporter and a court trainee on the buttocks.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2000
Superior Court Judge Patrick B. Murphy has logged some 400 sick days in the past four years, yet for an ailing man he's been pretty busy. While his colleagues at the West Covina courthouse took over his cases, the 45-year-old judge, by his own admission, attended a Caribbean medical school, taught at a local law school and enrolled in a chiropractic college. All the while, Murphy has continued to collect his $118,000 salary.
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May 28, 1998 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A journalist can state with virtual impunity that a judge is unfit to serve, because such a statement is opinion protected by the 1st Amendment, a federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Wednesday. The 3-0 ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals came in a suit filed by Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Bruce W. Dodds, who had sued ABC over an October 1994 "Prime Time Live" program.
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November 23, 1988 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
When Robert H. Furey Jr. ran for Los Angeles municipal judge two years ago, the voters lacked an important piece of information about him. Furey, a Catalina Justice Court judge, had been under investigation by the state Commission on Judicial Performance for 22 months for misconduct, including the repeated jailing of a woman who had filed a complaint about him. Furey lost the election, and eight days later the commission recommended to the state Supreme Court that he be removed from the bench.
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