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July 18, 2006 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) introduced a resolution on Monday to permit the committee to open an inquiry into possible grounds for the impeachment of U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real of Los Angeles. "This resolution has become necessary due to a breakdown in the judicial branch's enforcement of the judicial discipline statute Congress enacted in 1980," Sensenbrenner said in a formal statement.
June 9, 2006 | Michael J. Goodman and William C. Rempel, Times Staff Writers
Without help from a friend, James Mahan might never have become a Las Vegas state judge. Certainly he wouldn't have gotten one of the top judicial jobs in town: a lifetime appointment to the federal bench. Then again, without Mahan, his friend George Swarts would never have gotten to run an Internet porn business, a hotel-casino hair salon or a Southern California software company. Indeed, the careers of Judge James C. Mahan, 62, and his friend George C.
June 9, 2006 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Bernard J. Schwartz was censured Thursday by the state Commission on Judicial Performance for statements he made to police during his arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol last year in Pismo Beach. The director of the commission said censure was the panel's most serious punishment short of being removed from the bench. Schwartz, 45, can continue to preside over criminal hearings.
April 28, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Riot police with truncheons Thursday chased protesters away from Egypt's high court as two pro-reform judges faced a disciplinary hearing for alleging fraud in last year's parliamentary elections. At least 16 demonstrators were arrested and one was beaten, said the organizers, the Kifaya, or Enough, opposition group. Police declined to confirm the arrests or clashes.
April 24, 2006 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
For years, Ron Branson toiled in his North Hollywood garage in lonely isolation, repeatedly failing to gather enough signatures to put on California's ballot a constitutional amendment that would make it much easier to investigate, sue and oust judges. Then, last fall, the minister and former prison guard -- who has repeatedly sued the government and who said he once appealed a parking ticket all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court -- set his sights on a smaller target.
March 16, 2006 | Michael Hiltzik
You don't need me to tell you how grand it is to be rich in California. You don't have to care about the condition of public education, because your kids go to private school. You don't have to worry about higher park fees, because you can lock up access to your private beach and hire thugs to run off any riffraff who get near the water. You don't have to do your own gardening, because there are plenty of illegals around to trim your perennials.
March 11, 2006 | From Associated Press
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge whose competency was questioned by a state commission because he allegedly suffered from a degenerative brain disease has retired, officials said Friday. A hearing on Judge Rodney E. Nelson's competence was scheduled for Monday by the Commission on Judicial Performance, an independent state agency charged with investigating complaints of judicial incapacity and misconduct.
February 12, 2006 | Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer
The complaints about immigration judges were alarming. In San Francisco, a U.S. citizen was wrongly deported to Mexico after a judge failed to verify the authenticity of his birth certificate and tax records -- actions that drew harsh criticism from a federal appeals court. In Chicago, an appellate board found that a political asylum case involving an Albanian citizen was mishandled because the judge relied on testimony from a document expert who did not speak or read Albanian.
November 25, 2005 | From Associated Press
A disciplinary inquiry into a judge's conduct was halted this week after a member of the fact-finding panel allegedly made disparaging sexual comments about the judge, an official said. The Commission on Judicial Performance stopped the inquiry after learning of the alleged comments by Monterey County Superior Court Judge Michael S. Fields, said Victoria Henley, the commission's director and chief counsel.
November 17, 2005 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles judge who appeared on a television reality show pilot to arbitrate an erotic dancer's claim against a San Diego adult club was removed from the bench Wednesday for ethical breaches. Judge Kevin A. Ross -- the eighth California judge removed since 1995 -- was found to have "marketed himself as a judge in hopes that he then could leave the bench for a more lucrative career in television."
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