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Calif. Judge Admonished For Underhanded Contempt Probe

Law360, New York (March 23, 2016, 5:54 PM EDT) -- A Los Angeles Superior Court judge was publicly admonished Wednesday after the California Commission on Judicial Performance found he violated a defense attorney’s procedural rights by excluding him from hearings regarding his own alleged contempt.

The commission found that superior court judge Patrick Connolly abused his authority and embroiled a criminal defense attorney by setting a series of post-trial hearings regarding the attorney’s statements during trial without citing him for contempt or issuing an order to show cause regarding contempt.

“If Judge Connolly was exercising his contempt power when he set these hearings, as he asserted before the commission, he was...

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