Appellate Judge Sexually Harassed Women, Calif. Panel Says

By Lauren Berg (January 6, 2020, 7:08 PM EST) -- California appellate Justice Jeffrey Johnson exhibited a pattern of inappropriate behavior toward women that reflects "ethical lapses that undermine the public's trust in the judicial process," a Commission on Judicial Performance panel concluded Friday, following a hearing last year.

In a 316-page report, the panel found that attorneys for the CJP had met the high burden of proof for most of the 10 counts of misconduct against Justice Johnson, including groping and sexually harassing women, and drunkenness at the Second District Court of Appeal building.

Justice Johnson "lacked personal boundaries," touched women without their consent, including his colleague, Court of Appeal...

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