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Admonished Orange County Judge Resigns

After several public admonishments, Superior Court Judge James M. Brooks has agreed to resign effective April 30, 2008. Earlier this month, the state Commission on Judicial Performance publicly admonished Brooks for failing to uphold order and decorum in his courtroom during a 2005 employee-discrimination case (Haluck vs. Ricoh Electronics, Inc. (2007) 151 Cal.App.4th 994) in which his judicial misconduct resulted in the reversal of a defense verdict after a jury trial. Brooks used hand-lettered signs to overrule objections and encouraged the defense attorney in such tactics as hummed the theme to "The Twilight Zone” during the plaintiff's case. We previously weighed in on the case and the initial reaction to it in posts here and here.

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