California Superior Court judges censured by watchdog agency

Nevada State Personnel WATCH

bad judgeLOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge from Orange County and another from Kern County have been censured by a California watchdog agency for sexual misconduct and other misbehavior.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Scott Steiner was censured for having sex with two women in his chambers, contacting prosecutors about jobs for a woman he was having an affair with, and failing to disqualify himself from a case involving a friend, the Commission on Judicial Performance said Tuesday.

Also censured was Kern County Superior Court Judge Cory Woodward. The commission said Woodward had a sexual relationship with a court clerk and resisted efforts to reassign the clerk. He is accused of misleading the court about the relationship.

Both judges will remain on the bench despite the censures.

Steiner’s sexual activity in the courthouse was “the height of irresponsible and improper behavior by a judge,” the commission’s report stated.

“It reflects an…

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