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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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NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 30, 1987 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
After protests by local judges and public officials, the state Judicial Performance Commission announced Thursday that it has decided not to seek the removal of a Northern California judge it accused of repeated delays in deciding cases. The commission, in an unusual action, said it had reconsidered the matter and instead had asked the state Supreme Court to publicly censure Judge Bernard P.
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February 7, 1997 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Once he was a dominant and respected presence on the San Diego Superior Court--known for his hard work, confident manner and booming voice. But on Thursday, former Superior Court Judge Michael Greer--now sick, disgraced and described in court papers as suicidal--stood before a federal judge and struggled to take responsibility for "this incredible disaster" that led him to plead guilty to taking bribes from a flamboyant trial attorney. In the end, U.S.
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.
NEWS
January 17, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Last November, Jose John Lopez found himself in Municipal Court in Santa Ana, Division 203, facing three misdemeanor charges of abusing his live-in girlfriend. Lopez, 22, of Orange, who is poor and was unemployed at the time, said he watched, bewildered, as Municipal Judge Claude E. Whitney worked his way through a stack of case files, devoting less than a minute to each defendant. It seemed like everyone was being shipped off to jail, Lopez recalled.
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April 10, 1992 | MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Commission on Judicial Performance is investigating whether three San Diego County judges gave favorable treatment to a prominent local attorney who provided them gifts over several years. Two of the San Diego County Superior Court judges awarded multimillion-dollar verdicts to clients of attorney Patrick Frega, who took the unusual step of asking that jury trials be waived in both cases so the judge alone could determine the size of the award.
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