Now in Legal Rebels:
Posted Jul 16, 2012 01:47 pm CDT
Two judges who oversaw part of the drunken driving case against Lindsay Lohan were apparently disciplined for missteps in the case, according to a published report.
Judges Marsha Revel and Elden Fox of Los Angeles apparently received advisory letters, the lowest level of discipline, the Los Angeles Times reports. The newspaper reached its conclusion based on a letter to a fired courts spokesman who had complained about the judges and on court summaries of private discipline that don’t name the judges involved.
The spokesman, Allan Parachini, had complained that Revel met alone with a lawyer who wanted to take over Lohan’s defense, the story says. Parachini also had alleged that Fox improperly denied bail to Lohan without hearing her lawyer’s arguments. Parachini received a letter in December that the state’s judicial discipline agency had “taken appropriate corrective action as to each judge named.”
Revel had recused herself from the case after prosecutors complained they were not included in the meeting with the would-be defense lawyer. After Fox got the case, he denied bail when Lohan failed a drug test, a suspected probation violation. Fox was overruled the same day.
Parachini was accused of leaking court information to reporters when he was fired. He denied the allegations and said the court had discriminated against him because he suffered from depression.
Revel did not respond to the newspaper’s request for comment. Fox didn’t comment other than to say, “You can read about it in the commission’s report.”