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September 13, 1997 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The sordid saga of a Tennessee judge who sexually assaulted at least five women in his chambers has taken another strange twist, descending from a high-level dispute about the reach of federal law to a national manhunt for a criminal on the run. Portly ex-judge David W. Lanier, who was freed by one federal court but sent back to prison by the U.S. Supreme Court, has disappeared. This week, the U.S. Marshal's Service issued a "Wanted" poster for his arrest.
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January 19, 1998 | From Reuters
Prosecutors in the Mexican capital say they have bolstered a case of judicial misconduct against a judge who freed the confessed killers of a U.S. businessman after calling the gang ringleader "a modern Robin Hood." A new arrest order was issued against the freed suspects, Samuel de Villar, the Mexico City attorney general, said late Saturday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1999
Superior Court Judge Susanne Shaw, currently under state investigation for alleged judicial misconduct, presided over a 1997 drug case that was dismissed after another judge ruled that she persuaded a defense witness not to testify. The incident, uncovered this week in court documents, is not related to the 12 charges against Shaw that a state commission is now investigating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2000
Addressing allegations of judicial misconduct for the first time, a retired Orange County judge on Monday admitted acting inappropriately at times but denied giving favorable treatment to defendants represented by a longtime friend. The defense by Judge Luis A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1994 | RUTH ROSEN, Ruth Rosen, a professor of history at UC Davis, writes regularly on political culture
Do state employees owe greater allegiance to a corrupt public agency than to the people of California, whom they actually serve? If so, that is why John Plotz, a veteran attorney for the California Commission on Judicial Performance, is locked out of his office and threatened with termination. His "crime" is that he criticized the commission to a friend, thereby instigating legislation that would hold California judges accountable to judicial ethics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1999 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hearings in a state probe of Orange County Superior Court Judge Susanne Shaw ended Thursday with her lawyer saying the veteran judge may have offended some but never crossed the line into judicial misconduct. In closing remarks to a panel of three appellate justices, attorney Thomas M. Goethals stressed that Shaw never violated any rules or ethical boundaries. "If style is what is objectionable here, then God help us.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1998
The alcoholism that destroyed Judge Robert Bradley's career began 30 years ago when he turned to drinking to cope with the horror and bloodshed of the Vietnam War, a psychiatrist told a panel reviewing misconduct charges against the jurist. Dr. Lloyd Moglen testified Tuesday, the final day of Bradley's hearing, that the 57-year-old judge suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
August 8, 2001 | EDMUND SANDERS and JOSEPH MENN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Claiming its trial was tainted by judicial misconduct, Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to set aside the landmark ruling that it violated antitrust laws and to force the government to start over with a new judge. The software giant also asked a federal appeals court to delay any further proceedings until the Supreme Court decides whether to accept the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1988 | TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writer
Former Catalina Justice Court Judge Robert H. Furey Jr., ousted last year by the California Supreme Court for repeatedly abusing his contempt powers and other acts of judicial misconduct, has been hired as a deputy Los Angeles County public defender, the head of the office said Thursday. "He did a good job when he worked for us before," said Public Defender Wilbur F. Littlefield.
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