The California State Bar, in a rare decision, disciplined former Yolo County prosecutor Clinton Parish for falsely accusing a sitting judge of a corporate bribery and fraud scheme during his unsuccessful 2012 bid for the Yolo judiciary.
Ruling in what it called a “case of first impression,” the State Bar Court said Parish showed “reckless disregard for the truth” in his failed 2012 campaign. The public reproval order goes into effect Feb. 26. Parish, 43, must undergo ethics training but can still practice law.
“We find Parish’s reckless statement implicating a judge with bribery requires public discipline to maintain the integrity of the legal profession and to preserve public confidence in the impartiality of the judiciary,” the State Bar Court Review Department said in a statement.
Floyd F. Feeney, a longtime UC Davis law professor who clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, said he understood the sentiment behind the State Bar’s decision.
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