(Subscription required) Already in Judge Gary Pohlson’s courtroom for violating probation, a homeless defendant tried to take things even further by doing something people are told never to do: swear at the judge.
(Subscription required) It's a routine part of a judicial officer's job to decide the fate of a convicted criminal, but Judge Kimberly Menninger plays a key role in determining whether perpetrators of serious sex crimes who've completed their sentences can return to society.
While authorities agree veterans should be held accountable for their crimes, awareness has grown in recent years over the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder and other trauma tied to their military service.
(Subscription required) Glass said that he is more active than ever on the bench, fidgeting, interrogating lawyers, even questioning witnesses. But the judge is 63 and said that he may retire when he's eligible in 2019.
(Subscription required) While foiling corporate polluters in his prosecuting days was exciting, Judge Gerald Johnston has found in his 19 years on the Orange County Superior Court that he's most enjoyed the intellectual challenge of probate.
(Subscription required) "I want the attorneys to be pursuing the alternatives. ... I like counsel to be engaged with the person in not just necessarily seeing them in court, but following up with them afterwards to make sure they're doing well," he said.