Legal Ethics

Judge Accused of Giving Favorable Ticket Treatment to Friends, Court Clerk and Juror

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A longtime California judge faces potential discipline for allegedly giving favorable treatment on traffic tickets to friends, a relative, his minister, his court clerk and a juror serving in his courtroom.

In a written statement provided by his lawyer, Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard Stanford apologized and said he “wrongly rationalized” that his actions were saving time for the court, reports the L.A. Now blog of the Los Angeles Times.

“[Although] no tickets were dismissed, and only discretionary fines and fees were waived, Judge Stanford now clearly realizes that in these nine traffic infractions in the last 10 years he gave preferential treatment which violated the standards of conduct,” says the statement, quoted by L.A. Now.

A press release (PDF) by the Commission on Judicial Performance provides additional details.

His actions allegedly took place since 1998.

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