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Judges In Lindsay Lohan’s DUI Case Are Disciplined

Judges involved in high-profile celebrity court cases need to be fair and balanced in all their legal proceedings. The failure to uphold proper legal procedures may result in intense scrutiny and the appearance of favoritism, especially in cases involving troubled actress Lindsay Lohan.

Two veteran Los Angeles County judges were disciplined by a state oversight panel for their handling of the high-profile DUI case of actress Lohan.

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The documents revealed that L.A. County Superior Court judges Marsha Revel and Elden Fox at the Beverly Hills courthouse were reproached by the state’s Commission on Judicial Performance for two incidents that occurred during a period of intense media attention in 2010, culminating in the star’s two-week term behind bars.

The commission acted on accusations that Revel improperly met alone with an attorney who wanted to take over Lohan’s defense, and that Fox erred in denying the actress bail on a relatively minor charge and refusing to hear her attorney’s arguments.

The commission’s involvement in Lohan’s case was spurred, at least in part, by a complaint filed in January 2011 by former Los Angeles County court spokesman Allan Parachini soon after he was fired for allegedly leaking information to the media. Parachini denied the leak and accused the court of discriminating against him because he suffers from severe depression.

In his letter to the commission, Parachini said he witnessed impropriety by Revel and Fox that he said was “due, in part, to the reality that many judges get caught up in celebrity litigation and part company with their experience and common sense.” The commission responded in a letter dated December 19 that the agency had “taken an appropriate corrective action as to each judge named” in Parachini’s complaint.

The commission, which investigates claims of judicial misconduct, issues discipline only in rare cases. Of 1,138 complaints it received in 2011, 42 resulted in discipline. All but six judges were disciplined in private.

The agency’s annual report includes summaries of private discipline cases without naming the judges or parties involved. Two case descriptions included in the 2011 report closely mirrored Revel and Fox’s handling of Lohan’s case, suggesting that the judges received “advisory letters,” the lowest level of discipline.

One judicial expert compared the commission’s action to a “wrist-slap” but said the judges’ conduct involved “fairly basic” legal mistakes.

Revel did not respond to requests for comment. Fox declined to comment, saying he would not confirm that he had been disciplined, but added: “You can read about it in the commission’s report.”

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Above The Law

Law Enforcement is supposed to enforce laws. Among their other important duties, police officers, sheriff’s deputies and other law enforcement agencies have an obligation to protect and to serve their communities. Most of the time, they dutifully meet their obligation, but what happens when they fail to protect and to serve? What happens when they fail to enforce laws? What happens when they mistakenly believe that they are above the law?

Los Angeles County officials are dealing with a huge public relations nightmare that may further tarnish the already tainted image of several cities and law enforcement agencies in the area.

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A photograph of a smiling woman in a Cudahy nightclub brandishing two handguns and wearing a councilman’s badge may have played a role in Sheriff Lee Baca’s decision to recall about 200 badges the department gave to local politicians.

Baca’s decision came two weeks after the FBI arrested three Cudahy city officials on bribery charges.

One command-level sheriff’s official briefed on the badge recall said the move was prompted by the revelation in Cudahy. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore, however, said that the timing was a coincidence and that a 2007 state attorney general’s warning prompted the call to return the badges.

The emergence of the Cudahy photo is the latest in a series of incidents in which official-looking credentials given to civilians by law enforcement agencies have come under scrutiny.

Critics have long said badges and identification cards appeared to be rewards for political contributions and had the potential for abuse. Because of media scrutiny, California police chiefs and sheriffs were told by then-Attorney General Jerry Brown in 2007 that handing out badges created the potential for civilians to falsely pose as law enforcement officers.

The attorney general’s opinion covers any badge “that would deceive an ordinary reasonable person into believing that it is authorized for use by a peace officer.” In the wake of the opinion, some agencies pledged to stop issuing identification cards and badges.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recalled official-looking identification cards but continued giving badges to council members and city managers in cities that contracted for the department’s police services.

Whitmore said the badges were given to city officials for use during emergencies so they could pass through sheriff’s command posts. He estimated about 200 badges will be recalled from about 40 cities.

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