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The grand jury probing Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge William Danser called three of his bench colleagues to testify last week. “I was asked some general questions about relationships,” Commissioner Gregory Saldivar explained Tuesday. “Nobody ever asked me to transfer a case, and I did not transfer any cases.” Saldivar, who described himself as a friend of Danser’s, indicated the grand jury was interested in his traffic court work in San Martin, but he would not elaborate. The grand jury also called Judges Ray Cunningham and Douglas Southard. Cunningham, who said he’d been friends with Danser and his wife for 20 years, refused to discuss his testimony, saying that he was told that talking could place him in contempt of court. Cunningham has been assigned to the San Martin courthouse for the last year. Southard appeared in front of the grand jury earlier last week. Southard had been the judge presiding over a DUI case last year that Danser transferred to his own courtroom, sparking an investigation by the Commission on Judicial Performance. After hearing five days of testimony from police, court employees and others last week, the grand jury is now in deliberations. Witnesses and their attorneys have said the jury seems to be probing Danser’s handling of the DUI case and possible ticket fixing. Danser said in February that Randy Bishop, a friend then working as a Los Gatos police officer, had asked him to transfer defendant Anna Keane’s case to his courtroom. According to Keane’s attorney, Keane met Bishop at a San Jose Sharks charity golf tournament and discussed her recent DUI arrest with him. Bishop worked security for the Sharks. The San Jose Mercury News has reported that some players and Sharks executives were among those called to testify last week. Keane’s attorney, Albie Jachimowicz, said Bishop told Keane “one day to be in a different department than she had been.” Danser gave her probation but didn’t sentence her to jail time, a sentence prosecutors say was unusually light, though legal. Jachimowicz, with San Jose’s Hinkle, Jachimowicz, Pointer & Mayron, said that the DA’s office contacted him after the sentencing. “I was asked by Supervising Deputy DA Jay Boyarsky to agree to vacate the sentence and return it to Judge Southard’s courtroom as though it didn’t happen. The interest of my client dictated I not do that,” Jachimowicz said. “I told Jay that if he had any issue with the sentence, that issue was not appropriately addressed with us. It was appropriately addressed with the judge.” Keane was among those called before the grand jury last week by Deputy DA David Pandori. The grand jury also heard from Los Gatos police, including Police Chief Scott Seaman. Seaman had complained to prosecutors after Danser attempted to order the dismissal of a pair of parking tickets that he said were issued erroneously to his kids. Several attorneys and judges tracking the proceedings speculate that prosecutors are attempting to put together a case alleging a conspiracy to obstruct justice. Because Danser is also under investigation by the state’s judicial watchdog, which has the power to remove him from the bench, some of his colleagues don’t like his chances. “The general feeling is he is going to be finding another line of work soon,” one judge said.

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