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Judge Sanctioned for Rude Remarks to Litigants

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 06, 2014

SACRAMENTO — There's a fine line between being blunt and being rude, and one Solano County judge crossed it too many times, according to the state's judicial watchdog.

The Commission on Judicial Performance on Wednesday announced that it has publicly admonished Superior Court Judge Daniel Healy for repeatedly making "undignified and discourteous" remarks over two years while he handled a family law calendar. Healy, who took the bench in 2011, oversaw a number of messy custody cases, and he didn't mince words with litigants he thought were copping attitudes.

"Why don't you prove to me that you recognize what a train wreck you are, and then maybe we'll be somewhere?" he told one mother he accused of lying.

Healy called a father in another case "stupid and thuggish" and asked if the man spoke to others with the same foul language that he directed toward his child's mother.

"Do you call your neighbors['] wives bitches and hoes, all that?" Healy said, according to a transcript provided by the CJP. "Is [that] just how you roll in your neighborhood?"

Read the whole story at The Recorder

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