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Judge is censured for failing to share military benefits with his ex-wife

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 08, 2016

Even a judge can’t get away with keeping community property from an ex-wife.

San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge John A. Trice received a public censure Thursday for failing to share his military benefits with his former wife as stipulated in their 1990 divorce agreement, the California Commission on Judicial Performance announced.

Public censure is considered a serious form of discipline, just short of removal from the bench.

The state watchdog commission also faulted Trice for failing to disclose in court that he had a close personal relationship with a criminal defense lawyer who frequently appeared before him, for sending a supervisory judge a disparaging email and displaying “intemperate conduct” toward a court administrator.

Read the whole story at LA Times

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