So a Contra Costa judge, with a history of ethical lapses, commits three new counts of willful misconduct, and a panel of his peers is going to decide how to deal with him.
We’re not excited about the prospects.
The Mercury News reports that Judge Bruce C. Mills now has a total of eight ethical violations on his record since 2001.
In a scathing report, a panel of three special masters — all California justices — found Mills had not only committed multiple misconduct violations, but that he’d attempted to dodge responsibility by claiming it was an honest mistake.
“Judge Mills did not make a mistake. But he did make several misrepresentations,” the special masters wrote. They also noted his past misconduct.
Now that the panel has made its findings, the case will go before the state Commission on Judicial Performance, the government body that oversees California’s judges. Mills will no doubt get a slap on the wrist.
Mills is obviously a dirtbag, but that’s probably not going to be enough to get him kicked off the bench. It’s how we roll in California.