Judge Richard Stanford, a longtime Orange County California judge has been accused of waiving traffic fines for friends, co-workers and even his minister.
Judge Stanford has been ordered to appear before a statewide judicial panel that could recommend his removal from office. The hearing will examine a series of traffic cases that Judge Stanford, a jurist in Orange County Superior Court since 1998, ended up handling for acquaintances, relatives and others.
At issue is whether Stanford violated ethics rules by first having the traffic citations transferred to his courtroom and then granting special favors such as waiving fines without following proper courtroom rules.
The complaint from the Commission on Judicial Performance formally documents nine allegations of misconduct from 2003 to 2010. The order was issued April 13, 2011. http://cjp.ca.gov/userfiles/file/Press_Releases/Stanford_NFP_4-12-11.pdf