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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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January 30, 1987 | Associated Press
Three of the five justices on Vermont's Supreme Court have been accused of judicial misconduct, and Gov. Madeleine M. Kunin asked them Thursday to step down until the charges are resolved. The allegations range from attempts to derail a criminal investigation against an assistant county judge to an effort to fire a court employee who rebuffed a sexual advance by one of the justices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2001 | STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The chairman of California's judicial watchdog agency said Thursday that his panel will hire an independent examiner to investigate charges that its director engaged in conflict of interest during a pending disciplinary action against a Sonoma County judge. Michael A. Kahn, chairman of the Commission on Judicial Performance, said the investigator will look into allegations by a Los Angeles lawyer against Victoria Henley, the agency's director and chief counsel.
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.
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May 2, 2000 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Divorce can shatter more than marriage. For proof, look no further than this state's five-person Supreme Court, where in the aftermath of an ugly marital split, the chief justice faces impeachment, two justices have disqualified themselves and the judge whose divorce started the whole matter resigned to avoid criminal misconduct charges. The state constitution calls what's taking place a grand inquest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2001 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Superior Court Judge George W. Trammell III was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison Wednesday for giving favored treatment to a criminal defendant with whom he had a clandestine sexual relationship. "This case is not about sex. It's about the betrayal of the public's trust," U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz told Trammell before handing down his sentence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1987 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
The California Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the removal from office of Catalina Justice Court Judge Robert H. Furey Jr., finding that he had repeatedly abused his contempt powers and committed other acts of judicial misconduct. Furey, 58, a former Los Angeles deputy district attorney and public defender, is only the sixth judge to be removed from the bench by the court in the last 23 years. Sixteen others have received public censure, but remained in office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1991 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An appeals court has disqualified a judge from a custody case after he called a woman who appeared before him a "Jewish-American princess." Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert D. Monarch apologized to Nanci Rosen Carter, and, noting that he too is Jewish, said he did not intend the remark to be derogatory. Monarch denied he had any bias or prejudice against Carter, and refused to step down from the case. But Carter argued that the judge was clearly biased against her and filed an appeal.
NEWS
February 7, 1987 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
The state Judicial Performance Commission said Friday it had rejected a proposal that for the first time would have put non-judges in control of the watchdog agency. The commission, however, did vote to go forward with proposals to the Legislature that would increase the commission's power to discipline judges for misconduct.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2000 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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. Luis A. Cardenas' statements came at the beginning of a hearing by the state Commission on Judicial Performance, which accuses the 56-year-old jurist of releasing 11 suspects over three years at the request of defense attorney Leonard Basinger.
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