The State of California Commission on Judicial Performance publicly censured a Placer County judge Thursday for warning a plaintiff to stay away from three defendants in a small-claims matter.

In improperly ordering Cameron Park car salesman Scott Herold to keep away from a customer, two bank employees and the employees’ workplace after a Hyundai sale involving all four fell apart, Judge Joseph O’Flaherty abused his authority and got embroiled in the case, the commission determined.

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