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Is the Overly-Snarky Judge in Your Case Secretly Making an Audition Tape, Part II

Salcido_deann As you may recall from this post last month, San Diego Superior Court Judge DeAnn Salcido's (pictured) plan to become the next "Judge Judy" hit a bump in the road when she admitted to the California Commission on Judicial Performance that she had secretly filmed the proceedings in her courtroom on at least two occasions. Salcido then essentially used the filmed proceedings as an audition tape, passing it on to an entertainment lawyer who showed it to a TV producer. As THR, Esq. reported, the transcript of Salcido's taped proceedings show her in "full snarkiness" mode, perhaps playing to the hidden cameras.

The Recorder now reports that Salcido's plan may have hit an even bigger obstacle (although she may now have more time available to pursue her Hollywood dreams). Yesterday, Salcido reportedly agreed to resign from the bench today to settle a disciplinary action against her resulting from the tapings. In exchange for her resignation and her agreement "to never again seek or hold judicial office in California," The Recorder says, the CJP issued only a public censure of Salcido. The CJP found in its censure that "while the cameras were rolling, the proceedings took on the atmosphere of a game show."

The CJP listed numerous inappropriate remarks by Salcido to litigants captured on the audition tape, including her explanation to one man who she placed on probation that "what that means is don't come before the court on another case ... 'cause you will definitely be screwed and we don't offer Vaseline for that."

Posted by Bruce Carton on November 11, 2010 at 12:13 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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