Sat, 03 Feb 2024 06:05:27 -0800
A horrible judge is likely to appear in my Hall of Shame
They have been on the bench for about a year after the Governor appointed them
by surprise. They are the most miserable, vindictive judge I've ever run across
in 18 years of practice. They've already done horrible things to my client in a
family law case for no legitimate reason, and they are downright awful in court.
Honestly, they are at the point of violating 42 U.S.C. sec. 1983, which does
apply to state judges. I announced a new policy to my staff that we are going
to do 170.6 peremptory challenges to this judge in every single case assigned to
them-- I've never done that before. I may also be adding this judge to my Hall
of Shame once my one or two current cases with them are wrapped up, because with
peremptory challenges I would never have to deal with them again. This would be
a first for me and would be highly controversial in the community. Want to talk
me out of it? Note that this is not a personal vendetta, it's just based on my
assessment that something is seriously wrong with this judge and the fact that I
put deserving individuals on my Hall of Shame.
Tue, 06 Feb 2024 03:57:42 -0800
I checked with a couple other local attorneys, and they had the same horror
stories with this judge-- my impressions were absolutely right. Can't believe
I'm going to have to put a judge in my Hall of Shame...this is some Twilight
Zone stuff. The Robing Room doesn't even have them on there yet because they
are so new to the bench, so currently their top link on Google is their
LinkedIn. I will have to check the ethical rules in California, because if I
remember correctly, criticizing a judge is at the intersection of free speech
and professional responsibility.
Tue, 06 Feb 2024 04:03:09 -0800
I checked, and it's all good as long as it's all true and I'm not a candidate
for judicial office (I'm not, lol). Like my other Hall of Shame pages, this one
will be 100% true and 100% fair to the subject. Rule 8.2: https://www.calbar.ca.gov/Portals/0/documents/rules/Rule_8.2-Exec_Summary-Redline.pdf
Wed, 07 Feb 2024 08:09:37 -0800
This judge denied my peremptory challenge of them in a newly filed case. That
is straight-up illegal and is making me think I should organize a recall
petition. Recalling a state judge only requires 50 signatures to initiate the
Wed, 07 Feb 2024 08:16:08 -0800
I don't suppose recall can be done anonymously? A failed recall seems like it
would make things even worse.
I like the idea of a Hall of Shame though. It would give me a place to bitch
about outside counsel who redline every sentence of something I draft, just to
generate billings. Nothing like a fifty page game of "guess how I would have
Wed, 07 Feb 2024 08:37:58 -0800
My Hall of Shame has been a wonderful outlet. It's part public service
announcement, and part retribution. I get calls and emails routinely from
people who have also been conned or victimized by persons in my Hall of Shame,
and they thank me for confirming their suspicions, or otherwise. Check it out
if you haven't seen it yet:
Wed, 07 Feb 2024 09:37:44 -0800
DSE from private
Good service. I'll all about naming and shaming judges.
Wed, 07 Feb 2024 10:01:13 -0800
@DSETest Who are the bottom two judges in your rogues'
gallery, and why?
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