Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Judge Hall Removed from Bench

In a very rare move, the Commission on Judicial Performance ordered Diana Hall removed from office stating she has "an alarming disrespect for authority".....The Governator can appoint a replacement judge or wait until next Election Day and let the voters decide.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

....and the back room deals have begun already.....

12/13/2006 9:21 AM  
Anonymous dd said...

I am glad to see her gone, as she has been a disgrace to both the bench and women jurists. I strictly limited my personal/professinal interaction based upon her courtroom conduct and her infallability complex. Good riddance.

The next appointed judge - how about Mag Nicola? Alan Kaplan? Any thoughts here? dd

12/13/2006 4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's about bloody time!!!!!!

She is a miserable excuse for a judge who is well known in legal circles for far more bizarre behavior than ever made it out into the public domain.

12/13/2006 5:00 PM  
Anonymous donaldo de santa barbara said...

responding to the comments by anonymous 12:13 @ 5:00pm

Wow...I don't necessarily discount your comments.

What your commentary says to me is that the "Press" liberal or conservative is indeed not doing it's job.

Perhaps I'd re-subscribe to the News Press should the News Press ever re-invent itself with more investigative reporting. Exposing jurists and other politicians with purported public "bizare behaviors" before elections would help me know the character of the candidate and perhaps help to know how to vote for the numerous judge races.

12/13/2006 9:07 PM  
Anonymous city watcher said...

Yes, indeed, donaldo de..., the press indeed is not doing its job! But nor are we.

As for "judge" Hall, I agree with comments above, a disgrace for a long time both as a lawyer-appointed-elected-judge and as a female judge: who would want another with that track record! ... And disgrace, too, the silence about it for many years. Her pettiness and meanness and lack of competence traits were well-known for many years.

A disgrace, too, that she has been paid full taxpayer-sourced dollars for all this time while she challenged the DA, the courts, including appellate court. And now she's thinking of taking it to the CA Supreme Court, but presumeably her salary ceases with the loss of her title?

However, that defense lawyers would regularly attempt to get another judge was well known at the time her misbehaviour first became public 3 or 4 years ago. Both the NP and the Independent mentioned it. One could guess at the reasons. But that's all it was, guessing. No one seemed to much care.

How many other issues, departments do we hear nothing about? Maybe those city/county departments are running smoothly in the public interest. Maybe not, maybe they're personal fiefdoms for those lusting for and reveling in power.

Without a brave media, we never know. And that's the role of blogdom — not enough, I think, but at least something until we have a strong and good daily. (I, too, would resubscribe to the NP in a flash.) Without an interested anc concerned and active populace, even a courageous newspaper is only good for recycling.

12/14/2006 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 5:00 again:

Well, Donaldo "if you only knew". You are right about our local media, NP or otherwise. They aren't worth a tinker's dam when it comes to investigative reporting.

Judge Hall's personal behavior on and off the bench has been covered up for years. There are other judges past and present who are similarly bizarre; including mental health issues, hard narcotics useage (on and off of the bench), alcoholism, legal ignorance (not knowing the law--Hello? That's your job!), spousal abuse and more.

It's this way because due to a combination of factors: judges are GOD incarnate and can never be questioned or second guessed, all lawyers hang together when "attacked" from the outside, plus DA Sneddon and other leaders knowing these dirty little secrets and using them for their political advantage and more.

This is why our legal/political system is such a mess. I'm an insider and everytime I think about it, I just want to throw up. Because, there's no end in sight and no changes will ever be made.

Hall's true actions the night of her arrest will never come to light, but what's frightening is the thing that got her fired was pissing off other lawyers, not dangerous and bizarre criminal behaviors.

12/14/2006 8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Over a year later the Governor made no appointment to fill her seat, instead letting it go to the voters. Did he fall asleep at the switch? Has his agreement with Fabian Nunez to make a bigger committment to "diversity" made appointments tougher in pure vanilla legal communities such as North County?

2/09/2008 8:18 AM  

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