Orange County has employed notorious judges but none have been more arrogant than Robert Fitzgerald. Over past decades Fitzgerald has used his courtroom for an one-man show where he simultaneously plays defense lawyer, prosecutor, jury and judge. We recently learned that he's not ready to retire his dismal act.
The Orange County District Attorney's office objected, but Fitzgerald–apparently empathetic to Foster's intoxication defense–declared he had the discretion to make the move and did so. Foster's punishment? Credit for time served in the local jail (561 days) plus an additional 486 days of incarceration.