Decisions by Type of Discipline


After Proposition 190 took effect in 1995, the commission was authorized to impose all disciplinary sanctions, subject to discretionary review by the Supreme Court. Prior to Proposition 190, the Supreme Court had the authority to censure or remove judges from office upon recommendation by the commission.

Removal from Office by the Commission

Valeriano [ SAUCEDO ], Tulare County Superior Court, 12/01/15 (Inquiry No. 194)
California Supreme Court denied petition for writ of review on May 25, 2016.

Richard W. [ STANFORD ], Jr., Orange County Superior Court, 1/11/12 (Inquiry No. 190)
California Supreme Court denied petition for writ of review on May 6, 2012.

Kelly A. [ MacEACHERN ], Orange County Superior Court, 6/26/08 (Inquiry No. 184)
California Supreme Court denied petition for writ of review on December 10, 2008.

Robert G. [ SPITZER ], Riverside County Superior Court, 10/02/07 (Inquiry No. 182)
California Supreme Court denied petition for writ of review on March 19, 2008.

Jose A. [ VELASQUEZ ], Monterey County Superior Court, 4/25/07 (Inquiry No. 180)
California Supreme Court denied petition for writ of review on October 10, 2007.

Diana R. [ HALL ], Santa Barbara County Superior Court, 12/12/06 (Inquiry No. 175)

Kevin A. [ ROSS ], Los Angeles County Superior Court, 11/16/05 (Inquiry No. 174)
California Supreme Court denied petition for writ of review on May 10, 2006.

D. Ronald [ HYDE ], Alameda County Superior Court, 9/23/03 (Inquiry No. 166)

Bruce [ VAN VOORHIS ], Contra Costa County Superior Court, 2/27/03 (Inquiry No. 165)
California Supreme Court denied petition for writ of review on September 10, 2003.
United States Supreme Court denied petition for writ of certiorari on March 22, 2004.

Michael E. [ PLATT ], San Joaquin County Superior Court, 8/5/02 (Inquiry No. 162)
California Supreme Court denied petition for writ of review on February 19, 2003.

Patrick [ COUWENBERG ], Los Angeles County Superior Court, 8/15/01 (Inquiry No. 158)
California Supreme Court denied petition for writ of review on January 16, 2002.

Removal from Office by the Supreme Court (Including Involuntary Retirement)

Thomas B. Fletcher, Madera County Superior Court, 1998
Glenda Kraft Doan, Kings County Municipal Court, 1995
G. Dennis Adams, San Diego County Superior Court, 1995
Charles D. Boags, Beverly Hills Municipal Court, Los Angeles County, 1990
Kenneth Lynn Kloepfer, San Bernardino County Municipal Court, 1990
David M. Kennick, Los Angeles County Municipal Court, 1990
Bernard P. McCullough, San Benito Justice Court, San Benito County, 1989
Richard Ryan, Roseville-Rocklin Municipal Court, Placer County, 1988
Robert H. Furey, Jr., Catalina Justice Court, Los Angeles County, 1987
Mario P. Gonzalez, East Los Angeles County Municipal Court, 1983
Jerrold L. Wenger, El Dorado Justice Court, El Dorado County, 1981
Charles Robert Roick, North County Municipal Court, San Diego County, 1978
Marshall F. McComb, California Supreme Court, 1977
Noel Cannon, Los Angeles County Municipal Court, 1975
William D. Spruance, San Leandro-Hayward Municipal Court District, Alameda County, 1975
Leland W. Geiler, Los Angeles County Municipal Court, 1973

Public Censure and Public Censure and Bar by the Commission

Gary G. [ KREEP ], San Diego County Superior Court, 8/17/17 (Inquiry No. 198)
Michael S. [ WILLIAMS ], Napa County Superior Court, 7/17/17 (Inquiry No. 200)
John A. [ TRICE ], San Luis Obispo County Superior Court, 2/4/16  (Inquiry No. 196)
James M. [ PETRUCELLI ], Fresno County Superior Court, 8/18/15  (Inquiry No. 193)
Marc A. [ GARCIA ], Merced County Superior Court, 5/18/15  (Inquiry No. 195)
Cory [ WOODWARD ], Kern County Superior Court, 9/02/14
Scott [ STEINER ], Orange County Superior Court, 9/02/14
Paul D. [ SEEMAN ], Alameda County Superior Court, 12/16/13
Salvador [ SARMIENTO ], Orange County Superior Court, 7/5/12  (Inquiry No. 191)
DeAnn M. [ SALCIDO ], San Diego County Superior Court, 11/10/10  (Inquiry No. 189)
Joseph W. [ O’FLAHERTY ], Placer County Superior Court, 9/23/10  (Inquiry No. 188)
Brett Carroll [ KLEIN ], Los Angeles County Superior Court, 2/2/10  (Inquiry No. 187)
Peter J. [ McBRIEN ], Sacramento County Superior Court, 1/5/10  (Inquiry No. 185)
Ann [ DOBBS ], Los Angeles County Superior Court, 7/15/09
Christopher J. [ SHELDON ], Riverside County Superior Court, 4/15/09  (Inquiry No. 186)
Robert B. [ FREEDMAN ], Alameda County Superior Court, 6/26/07 (Inquiry No. 179)
Susanne S. [ SHAW ] (retired), Orange County Superior Court, 12/21/06 (Inquiry No. 183)
Ronald C. [ KLINE ] (retired), Orange County Superior Court, 6/15/06 (Inquiry No. 181)
Bernard J. [ SCHWARTZ ], Riverside County Superior Court, 6/8/06 (Inquiry No. 178)
Elaine M. [ RUSHING ], Sonoma County Superior Court, 6/8/06 (Inquiry No. 177)
William R. [ DANSER ] (retired), Santa Clara County Superior Court, 6/2/05 (Inquiry No. 172)
David E. [ WASILENKO ] (retired), Yuba County Superior Court, 3/2/05 (Inquiry No. 170)
Vincent J. [ McGRAW ] (retired), Fresno County Superior Court, 4/3/03 (Inquiry No. 169)
James R. [ SIMPSON ] (retired), Los Angeles County Superior Court, 12/9/02 (Inquiry No. 168)
Arthur S. [ BLOCK ] (retired), Riverside County Superior Court, 12/9/02 (Inquiry No. 167)
James I. [ AARON ], Fresno County Superior Court, 7/8/02 (Inquiry No. 164)
William H. [ SULLIVAN ] (retired), Riverside County Superior Court, 5/17/02 (Inquiry No. 163)
Patrick B. [ MURPHY ], Los Angeles County Unified Superior Court, 5/10/01 (Inquiry No. 157)
Alfonso D. [ HERMO ] (retired), Los Angeles County Municipal Court, 2/20/00 (Inquiry No. 160)
W. Jackson [ WILLOUGHBY ], Placer County Superior Court, 6/27/00 (Inquiry No. 154)
Fred L. [ HEENE ], Jr., San Bernardino County Superior Court, 10/13/99 (Inquiry No. 153)
Robert C. [ BRADLEY ] (retired), Ventura County Superior Court, 6/03/99 ( Inquiry No. 147)
George W. [ TRAMMELL ] III (retired), Los Angeles County Superior Court, 1/05/99 (Inquiry No. 146)
James Randal [ ROSS ] (retired), Orange County Superior Court, 4/30/98 (Inquiry No. 141)
Jose Angel [ VELASQUEZ ], Monterey County Municipal Court, 4/16/97 (Inquiry No. 139)
D. Ronald [ HYDE ], Alameda County Municipal Court, 5/10/96 (Inquiry No. 138)
William M. [ ORMSBY ], Los Angeles County Municipal Court, 3/20/96 (Inquiry No. 133)

Censure by the Supreme Court

Howard R. Broadman, Tulare County Superior Court, 1998
Claude E. Whitney, Central Orange County Municipal Court, 1996
Norman W. Gordon, Los Angeles County Superior Court, 1996
John E. Fitch, Fresno County Superior Court, 1995
L. Eugene Rasmussen, Lake Valley Justice Court, El Dorado County, 1987
Bernard P. McCullough, San Benito Justice Court, San Benito County, 1987
Frank J. Creede, Jr., Fresno County Superior Court, 1986
Robert Z. Mardikian, Fresno County Superior Court, 1985
Marion E. Gubler, Burbank Municipal Court District, Los Angeles County, 1984
Harry R. Roberts, Mono County Superior Court, 1983
Bobby D. Youngblood, Central Orange County Municipal Court, 1983
Charles S. Stevens, Santa Barbara County Superior Court, 1982
Hugo M. Fisher, San Diego County Superior Court, 1982
Robert S. Stevens, Los Angeles County Superior Court, 1981
Arden T. Jensen, Santa Barbara County Superior Court, 1978
James J. McCartney, San Bernardino County Municipal Court, 1974
Antonio E. Chavez, Los Angeles County Municipal Court, 1973
Leopoldo Sanchez, Los Angeles County Superior Court, 1973
Bernard B. Glickfeld, San Francisco County Superior Court, 1971
Gerald S. Chargin, Santa Clara County Superior Court, 1970

Public Admonishment by the Commission

Jeff [ FERGUSON ], Orange County Superior Court, 5/31/17
Tara M. [ FLANAGAN ], Alameda County Superior Court, 4/11/17
Edmund W. [ CLARKE ], Jr., Los Angeles County Superior Court, 9/29/16  (Inquiry No. 197)
Jaime R. [ ROMÁN ], Sacramento County Superior Court, 5/16/16
Patrick [ CONNOLLY ], Los Angeles County Superior Court, 3/23/16
Stuart [ SCOTT ], Santa Clara County Superior Court, 2/17/16
Henry J. [ WALSH ], Ventura County Superior Court, 2/10/16
Joseph E. [ BERGERON ], San Mateo County Superior Court, 1/25/16
Christopher G. [ WILSON ], Humboldt County Superior Court, 1/22/16
Dale A. [ REINHOLTSEN ], Humboldt County Superior Court, 9/3/15
John L. [ FIELDER ], Kern County Superior Court, 5/14/15
Joseph [ SCOTT ], San Mateo County Superior Court, 12/30/14
Daniel J. [ HEALY ], Solano County Superior Court, 11/5/14
Ronald M. [ SOHIGIAN ], Los Angeles County Superior Court, 5/13/14
Bruce Clayton [ MILLS ], Contra Costa County Superior Court, 7/30/13  (Inquiry No. 192)
Derek G. [ JOHNSON ], Orange County Superior Court, 12/13/12
Charles R. [ BREHMER ], Kern County Superior Court, 10/25/12
Morris D. [ JACOBSON ], Alameda County Superior Court, 7/11/12
John D. [ KIRIHARA ], Merced County Superior Court, 5/16/12
Alan H. [ FRIEDENTHAL ], Los Angeles County Superior Court, 4/3/12
Anthony C. [ EDWARDS ], Trinity County Superior Court, 2/7/12
Paul E. [ ZELLERBACH ], Riverside County Superior Court (formerly), 11/3/11
James R. [ WAGONER ], El Dorado County Superior Court, 9/13/11
Joan [ COMPARET-CASSANI ], Los Angeles County Superior Court, 8/16/11
Nancy [ POLLARD ], Orange County Superior Court, 7/13/11
Harvey [ GISS ], Los Angeles County Superior Court, 3/16/11
Melissa N. [ WIDDIFIELD ], Los Angeles County Superior Court, 12/14/10
John B. [ GIBSON ], San Bernardino County Superior Court, 12/14/10
John T. [ DOYLE ], Los Angeles County Superior Court, 10/21/10
Anthony C. [ EDWARDS ], Trinity County Superior Court, 4/12/10
Robert C. [ COATES ], San Diego County Superior Court, 12/2/09
Robert A. [ SCHNIDER ] (Ret.), Los Angeles County Superior Court, 8/31/09
Christine K. [ MORUZA ], Alameda County Superior Court, 12/16/08
James J. [ McBRIDE ], San Francisco County Superior Court, 11/18/08
John M. [ WATSON ], Orange County Superior Court, 11/6/08
Paul M. [ BRYANT ], Jr., San Bernardino County Superior Court, 10/27/08
Lisa [ GUY-SCHALL ], San Diego County Superior Court, 9/16/08
Robert D. [ QUALL ], Merced County Superior Court, 6/2/08
James M. [ BROOKS ], Orange County Superior Court, 4/8/08
Pamela Lee [ ILES ], Orange County Superior Court, 11/15/07
Clarence [ WESTRA ], Kern County Superior Court, 9/6/07
James M. [ PETRUCELLI ], Fresno County Superior Court, 5/22/07
Ronald M. [ SOHIGIAN ], Los Angeles County Superior Court, 4/26/07
Vincent P. [ DI FIGLIA ] (Ret.), San Diego County Superior Court, 1/9/07
James M. [ BROOKS ], Orange County Superior Court, 11/29/06
Stephen E. [ BENSON ], Butte County Superior Court, 11/15/06
Pamela Lee [ ILES ], Orange County Superior Court, 8/16/06
Paul E. [ ZELLERBACH ], Riverside County Superior Court, 8/15/06
Joseph E. [ DI LORETO ], Los Angeles County Superior Court, 6/13/06
Bruce Clayton [ MILLS ], Contra Costa County Superior Court, 6/12/06
Ronald J. [ MACIEL ], Kings County Superior Court, 5/9/06
John M. [ WATSON ], Orange County Superior Court, 2/21/06
Ruffo [ ESPINOSA ], Jr., Los Angeles County Superior Court, 2/9/06
Donald R. [ ALVAREZ ], San Bernardino County Superior Court, 12/27/05
John D. [ HARRIS ] (retired), Los Angeles County Superior Court, 3/23/05  (Inquiry No. 173)
Stephen P. [ GILDNER ], Kern County Superior Court, 1/3/05
Brett Carroll [ KLEIN ], Los Angeles County Superior Court, 10/21/04
Joseph W. [ O’FLAHERTY ], Placer County Superior Court, 9/29/04  (Inquiry No. 171)
Robert M. [ LETTEAU ] (retired), Los Angeles County Superior Court, 5/20/04
Francisca P. [ TISHER ], Napa County Superior Court, 4/8/04
James L. [ ROEDER ], Placer County Superior Court, 12/16/03
Peter J. [ McBRIEN ], Sacramento County Superior Court, 4/25/02
Bernard E. [ REVAK ], San Diego County Superior Court, 12/12/00
Luis A. [ CARDENAS ] (retired), Orange County Superior Court, 10/3/00  (Inquiry No. 155)
Susanne S. [ SHAW ], Orange County Superior Court, 6/26/00 (Inquiry No. 156)
Gary P. [ RYAN ], Orange County Superior Court, 6/20/00
Robert C. [ COATES ], San Diego County Superior Court, 4/12/00
John B. [ GIBSON ], San Bernardino County Superior Court, Victorville Division, 1/28/00 (Inquiry No. 152)
Lisa [ GUY-SCHALL ], San Diego County Unified Superior Court, 10/14/99
Nancy [ BROWN ], Los Angeles County Superior Court, 9/01/99  (Inquiry No. 149)
Howard R. [ BROADMAN ], Tulare County Superior Court, 2/26/99  (Inquiry No. 145)
Walter L. [ BLACKWELL ] III, San Bernardino County Superior Court, 2/23/99  (Inquiry No. 150)
Pamela R. [ ROGERS ], Los Angeles County Municipal Court, 10/29/98  (Inquiry No. 144)
John P. [ SHOOK ], Los Angeles County Superior Court, 10/29/98  (Inquiry No. 148)
Harvey H. [ HIBER ], San Diego County Municipal Court, 10/26/98
Christopher J. [ SHELDON ], Riverside County Superior Court, 10/23/98  (Inquiry No. 142)
Gregory M. [ CASKEY ], Shasta County Superior Court, 7/6/98
Robert H. [ OLIVER ], Fresno County Municipal Court, 6/16/98
James L. [ STEVENS ], Jr., Yolo County Superior Court, 2/19/98  (Inquiry No. 143)
Ronald [ MACIEL ], Kings County Municipal Court, Lemoore Division, 12/1/97
Elvira S. [ AUSTIN ], Los Angeles County Municipal Court, Long Beach Division, 10/1/97  (Inquiry No. 140)
Sidney P. [ CHAPIN ], Kern County Superior Court, 1/22/97
Alexander H. [ WILLIAMS ], III, Los Angeles County Superior Court, 1/22/97
Thomas A. [ SMITH ], El Dorado County Municipal Court, Cameron Park Division, 11/25/96
Stephen [ DREW ], Tulare County Municipal Court, Dinuba Division, 7/29/96
Charles W. [ STOLL ], Los Angeles County Superior Court, North Central District, 6/3/96
Judith C. [ CHIRLIN ], Los Angeles County Superior Court, 8/28/95
Richard S. [ FLIER ], Contra Costa County Superior Court, 5/30/95
B.J. [ BJORK ], Riverside County Municipal Court, Desert Judicial District, 5/15/95

Public Reproval by the Commission

(Between 1988 and 1995, the commission had authority to issue public reprovals with the consent of the judge.)

Kenneth E. [ VASSIE ], Los Angeles County Municipal Court, Inglewood Judicial District, 2/28/95
Thomas M. [ KELLY ], Alpine County Justice Court, 2/28/95
Thomas P. [ BREEN ], San Benito County Superior Court, 2/28/95
Michael A. [ KANNER ], Alhambra Municipal Court District, Los Angeles County, 11/21/94
Richard A. [ HAUGNER ], Alameda County Superior Court, 4/11/94
James L. [ STEVENS ], Jr., Yolo County Superior Court, 2/14/94
James M. [ SLATER ], Santa Barbara County Superior Court, 9/13/93
Gary T. [ FRIEDMAN ], Kern County Superior Court, 6/21/93
Craig S. [ KAMANSKY ], San Bernardino County Superior Court, 9/14/92
Bruce [ VAN VOORHIS ], Walnut Creek-Danville Municipal Court, Contra Costa County, 9/8/92
Steven E. [ HINTZ ], Ventura County Municipal Court District, 5/29/92
Glenda K. [ DOAN ],Corcoran Justice Court District, Kings County, 8/13/90
Raymond [ MIRELES ], Los Angeles County Superior Court, Northwest District, 6/19/90
John [ SCHATZ ], Jr., Santa Clara County Superior Court, 12/15/89
Glenda K. [ DOAN ], Corcoran Justice Court District, Kings County, 12/11/89
Calvin P. [ SCHMIDT ], Harbor Municipal Court District, Orange County, 11/29/89
Bruce A. [ CLARK ], Ventura County Municipal Court District, 9/27/89

Dismissal by the Commission

Rodney E. [ NELSON ], Los Angeles County Superior Court, 5/1/06  (Inquiry No. 176)
Patricia [ GRAY ], Sonoma County Superior Court, 8/27/02  (Inquiry No. 159)
Pamela R. [ ROGERS ], Los Angeles County Superior Court, 9/8/00  (Inquiry No. 144)
(See also Rogers Public Admonishment, 10/29/98)
J. Anthony [ KLINE ], Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Two, 8/19/99  (Inquiry No. 151)
John T. [ BALL ] , Santa Clara County Superior Court, 2/11/97  (Inquiry No. 136)
Bert L. [ SWIFT ], San Bernardino County Municipal Court, 2/11/97  (Inquiry No. 134)
James C. [ McGUIRE ], San Bernardino County Superior Court, 2/11/97  (Inquiry No. 135)
Alan E. [ KLEIN ], Kern County Municipal Court, 3/11/96  (Inquiry No. 137)

Dismissal/Reversal by the Supreme Court

Richard J. Oberholzer, Kern County Superior Court, 1999
Bruce W. Dodds, Santa Barbara County Superior Court, 1995
David Press, San Bernardino County Justice Court, 1989
Lewis Wenzel, San Diego County Municipal Court, 1982
Charles F. Stevens, Santa Barbara County Superior Court, 1964

Other Actions by the Commission

Taylor [ CULVER ], Alameda County Superior Court, 12/20/16  (Inquiry No. 199)
Dismissal Pursuant to Stipulation, Agreement Not to Serve
Eugene R. [ BISHOP ], Riverside County Superior Court, 2/4/02  (Inquiry No. 161)
Decision and Order Imposing Private Admonishment. [Pursuant to stipulation, the commission
in its decision and order directed that this private admonishment be available to the public.]

Other Cases Relating to the Commission

McComb v. Superior Court of San Francisco, et al (1977)
Mosk v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County (1979)
Adams v. Commission on Judicial Performance (1994)
The Recorder v. Commission on Judicial Performance(1999)
Commission on Judicial Performance v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County (2007)