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San Mateo judge reprimanded over treatment of women in courtroom

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A veteran San Mateo County judge was reprimanded by the state’s judicial disciplinary agency Monday for conduct demeaning to women in his courtroom, such as asking a prosecutor to get him coffee.

Superior Court Judge Joseph Bergeron’s actions violated several ethical standards for judges, including one requiring them to be “patient, dignified and courteous” to everyone they deal with, the Commission on Judicial Performance said in a unanimous decision imposing a “public admonishment.” The commission said it had privately reprimanded Bergeron for different misconduct in 2014.

Bergeron, 75, was first elected to the bench in 1996 after 27 years of law practice. His term runs through 2020.

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