The state Commission on Judicial Performance has ordered Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard W. Stanford Jr. to step down after determining he waived traffic fines for family and friends. Nine incidents between 2003 and 2010 played a part in the 11-member oversight panel's decision, including one where he fixed his church pastor's ticket.
Stanford's ruling "created both the appearance and the reality of a two-track system of justice--one for his friends and family and another for all others," wrote the commission in its decision unveiled Tuesday.
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The judge admits and apologizes for his wrongdoing in a filing HERE.