SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A San Diego Superior Court judge criticized for her theatrical and sometimes demeaning behavior from the bench -- all of which apparently was in the hope of landing a television program -- will resign after being censured by a state commission, according to a ruling released Wednesday.
Judge DeeAnn Salcido will tender her resignation within in five days, according to the agreement with the Commission on Judicial Performance. She also agreed not to seek another judgeship.
Salcido, appointed in 2002 and re-elected in June, let a reality TV show crew film in her El Cajon courtroom and "in some instances made a mockery of the judicial system," according to the judicial commission, which said she was "giving the unseemly impression of playing to the audience and the cameras."
The judge conceded to 39 instances of "prejudicial misconduct," according to the commission made up of three judges, two lawyers and six members of the public.
Her actions amounted to "a pattern of misconduct which demonstrates a temperament ill-suited for judicial office," the ruling stated.
She also made inappropriate and demeaning remarks to litigants and court staff, and jailed a defendant for contempt without affording her due process, according to the commission.
In September, Salcido released a statement through her attorney in which she said the commission focused on 38 court appearances before her in 18 months and admitted that she had "erred in judgment in making a handful of comments from the bench" and had admitted that to the commission.
In the statement, Salcido said her style is "different than that traditionally expected of judges" and defended it as effective.
In May, Salcido sought a court order against her fellow judges, contending they were not putting domestic violence offenders on probation as mandated by state law. An appeals court ruled that Salcido lacked legal standing to pursue the matter because judges can't sue other judges.
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