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JUDGE’S TRIAL – At times choking back tears, a California judge took the stand in his own disciplinary trial Thursday and denied allegations that he sexually harassed dozens of women over nearly two decades. Amanda Bronstand reports that Justice Jeffrey Johnson called some of the women’s accounts outright lies and described them as the product of long-held racial stereotypes of African American men. “I’m at risk of losing my job because someone’s saying I’m talking about the color and size of my penis. It’s insulting,” he said. Among the allegations he denies are those by Victoria Chaney, a fellow judge on the appeals court in L.A., who said Johnson propositioned her. The hearing that began on Aug. 5 before the Commission on Judicial Performance at the California State Bar Court is expected to last a month.
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