Inmates cross the street from the jail to this Santa Barbara County courthouse because it lacks a sallyport or other secure way to get them to their court proceeding. A tour bus bringing visitors to see this historic building gives them a front row seat for this daily procession.
(Subscription required) Originally appointed a commissioner 13 years ago, he was named a judge in 2012. He's spent his entire time on the bench in criminal court, starting off with arraignments and now overseeing a misdemeanor criminal and felony calendar.
(Subscription required) Several attorneys said Maxwell's compassion for defendants does not cause her to lean one way or the other, because she also has compassion for the alleged victim, and added that all her rulings are backed up with precise opinions that parse the arguments and build on strong case law.