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Convicted Santa Clara County judge can't get pension back

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 1, 2015

Former Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge William Danser, convicted in a ticket-fixing scandal more than a decade ago, is not entitled to the restoration of his judicial pension benefits, a state appeals court ruled on Tuesday.

The Sacramento-based Third District Court of Appeal rejected Danser's argument that he should not have been stripped of the pension benefits because his initial felony conviction in the scandal was later reduced to a misdemeanor. The appeals court found that laws forcing judges to relinquish their state benefits if convicted of certain crimes applied to Danser.

Danser was convicted in 2004 of one felony and eight misdemeanors for providing preferential treatment to friends and some members of the San Jose Sharks and San Jose Earthquakes in his handling of 29 traffic ticket cases and four DUI cases.

Read the whole story at San Jose Mercury News

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