A judge in Northern California is facing nine disciplinary counts for, among other things, allegedly engaging in a pattern of conduct “that would reasonably be perceived as sexual harassment or sexual discrimination.”

The Commission on Judicial Performance has instituted formal proceedings against Superior Court Judge John Laettner, accusing the 12-year veteran of the Contra Costa bench of willful misconduct, conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice and improper action. If the charges are sustained, Laettner faces a range of punishment, including possible removal from office.

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