Friday, July 1, 2016

California Traffic Court Judges Remain Unaccountable for Serial State Law Violations Against the Poor

Statewide traffic courts scandal news reports expose institutionalized socioeconomic bias against the poor by California courts and judges. Bias based on socioeconomic status is prohibited by state law in four separate sections of the Code of Judicial Ethics, covering both the adjudicative and administrative responsibilities of judges.  

Over one year later, no disciplinary action taken against a single judge by the California Commission on Judicial Performance.  Read, download, and share the special 38-page compilation below: 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Controversial Contra Costa County Judge Bruce Mills Public Misconduct Report Released by Whistleblower Group

A report cataloging serial acts of misconduct spanning more than 10 years by Judge Bruce C. Mills has just been released by a court watchdog and whistleblower group. The report collected both public and "secret" discipline prosecutions against the judge by the Commission on Judicial Performance, the state agency responsible for judge oversight and accountability. 

The report reveals that in addition to two well known public disciplinary actions taken against the veteran Contra Costa County judge, Mills was also found guilty in three additional incidents where the discipline issued was "private" and not revealed to the public. The acts of misconduct occurred in 2001, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2013. 

Judge Bruce Clayton Mills was appointed to the bench by Governor Pete Wilson in July, 1995. Mills worked as a Contra Costa County prosecutor from 1985-95, and was in private practice from 1984-87. The judge is a 1984 graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.