Tulare County Superior Court Judge Valeriano Saucedo, a judge for more than 14 years, was ordered removed from office Tuesday for having an improper relationship with a court clerk and lying about it.
His removal by the Commission on Judicial Performance was immediate. The action becomes final in 30 days unless Saucedo files a petition with the California Supreme Court to review the case.
Reached by phone, Saucedo said he had no comment.
Removal from office is rare. Only six judges have been removed from office in the past 10 years, according to commission statistics.
Saucedo violated judicial ethics in how he handled himself during the relationship with his clerk between mid-September and mid-November 2013, the commission said in its 60-page decision.
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