http://www.wsbtv.com/news/5345286/detail.htmlPOSTED: 6:54 am EST November 17, 2005
SAN FRANCISCO -- A California judge has been removed from the bench for what a state agency calls "a shocking abuse of power."
Superior Court Judge Kevin Ross was cited for a wrongful conviction and two-day jail stay for a woman challenging a traffic infraction. According to the state Commission on Judicial Performance, Ross never read the new charge to the woman, never informed her of her right to an attorney or right to challenge the case.
He was also cited for filming a pilot television series, called "Mobile Court," in which a real small-claims case was heard in a Los Angeles strip club, with Ross presiding.
Ross, who first won election to the bench in 1999, said in a statement he was unsure whether he would appeal the commission's decision to the state Supreme Court.