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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Judge Dismissed; Mishandled Case and Took Money For Making Pilot for Reality Series

We may not be seeing a reality series called "Mobile Court" any time soon. The judge who tested for it by filming a pilot episode in a strip club has been tossed off the bench by California's Commission on Judicial Performance. Not only did Los Angeles Superior Court judge Kevin Ross hear a case concerning a "Miss Wet on the Net" contest in the club, but he also mishandled a 2003 case in which a woman appearing before him was charged with not wearing a seatbelt. According to the Commission, he didn't tell her she could have an attorney, among other things. He concluded she was lying and he sentenced her to jail. Another judge, informed of the circumstances, let her go. Ross has apologized, but has said he has not decided whether he will appeal his dismissal. Read more here.

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