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SAN JOSE – Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge William Danser was indicted Monday for allegedly fixing two DUI cases and 20 traffic tickets issued to, among others, three players for the San Jose Sharks team and the team’s chief executive. The judge faces one felony count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, and eight misdemeanor counts, including six counts of obstructing justice. Danser’s friend, Randall Bishop, who until recently was a Los Gatos police officer moonlighting for the Sharks, was also indicted on felony conspiracy and misdemeanor obstruction charges for allegedly arranging the dismissals with the judge. District Attorney George Kennedy released the indictment Tuesday after both Danser and Bishop had been arrested, booked and released on their own recognizance. Danser turned himself in Monday. Bishop, who left the police department in August and moved to Canada, turned himself in Tuesday. Santa Clara Superior Court Presiding Judge Thomas Hansen recused his entire bench, so the pair will be arraigned in front of Santa Cruz Superior Court Judge William Kelsay on Oct. 20. Both men will plead not guilty, according to their attorneys. A court spokesperson said Danser had been suspended, as required by law. “I don’t think he will be convicted of anything,” said Danser’s attorney, Kenneth Robinson, a San Jose defense specialist. Bishop’s attorney, Craig Brown, said his client has been caught up in the DA’s overzealous pursuit of a sitting judge. “When I was a young DA, we used to say, ‘If you can’t find the evidence to charge them with a crime, charge them with a conspiracy.’ That’s what happened here,” Brown said Tuesday. “Obviously, the only reason my client is involved in this case is because there are those who feel the judge ought to be prosecuted,” Brown said. “They think they have to prosecute Randy to do that. He provided information to the judge. That’s what police officers do everyday to get arrest warrants, search warrants. Unless they can prove Randy did this for an unlawful purpose, there’s no basis.” Danser and Bishop were indicted under Penal Code §182 (a)(5) on one count of conspiracy to pervert and obstruct justice. In addition, Danser and Bishop face five and six counts, respectively, of misdemeanor obstruction of justice by a judicial officer. Danser was also indicted for two additional misdemeanor counts for attempted obstruction and conflict of interest for writing a letter to Los Gatos police ordering that they dismiss two parking tickets issued on his son’s car. According to Special Assistant DA William Larsen, Danser faces up to three years in jail and a $10,000 fine if convicted of the most serious charges. The 17-page indictment focuses on the sole felony conspiracy count. The grand jury outlined 38 “overt acts” in support of the alleged conspiracy, saying that between February 2000 and December 2002, Danser conferred with Bishop before dismissing 20 traffic tickets for 17 different drivers. According to the indictment, Danser dismissed three traffic tickets for Gregory Jamison, the CEO of the Sharks; two tickets for Sharks player Yevgeniy Nabokov; one ticket for player Mark Smith; one ticket for Sharks radio color announcer Peter Stemkowski; and one for the fiancee of then-Sharks star Jeff Friesen. Danser dismissed traffic tickets issued to trainer Bruce Morgan and player Dwayne De Rosario of the San Jose Earthquakes, the professional soccer team. Danser is also accused of dismissing several tickets, without Bishop’s involvement, issued to residents of Los Gatos, including a teacher at a Catholic elementary school and the owner of a local restaurant. Danser lived in Los Gatos until moving to neighboring Saratoga this year. Sharks officials refused comment Tuesday. There is no indication in the indictment that Danser or Bishop received anything in exchange for allegedly arranging the dismissals, though Danser’s colleagues say he regularly attended Sharks games. Danser doesn’t sit in traffic court, and hasn’t for several years; instead, he’s been assigned to a misdemeanor pretrial calendar. It’s unclear from the indictment how the traffic cases landed in his San Jose courtroom. One judge said that cases are commonly transferred to consolidate matters, but said that transferring traffic tickets is less common. “I would probably think that was strange,” the judge said, adding that there is no written protocol for case transfers. The indictment also accuses Danser of transferring two DUI cases to his courtroom, one from Palo Alto and one from San Martin, and handing out lenient sentences in both. In the Palo Alto case, Danser has been accused of transferring Anna Keane’s DUI case to his court at Bishop’s request. Keane’s lawyer told The Recorder that his client met Bishop at a Sharks charity golf event. Keane had been arrested for drunken driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 and had a prior DUI. According to the indictment, Danser’s no-jail sentence for Keane “was contrary to his own sentencing standards and practices and was contrary to the customary sentence imposed by Judge Douglas Southard,” the judge originally presiding over the case before it was transferred. The indictment doesn’t explain what transpired after Danser transferred Paul Dellanini’s DUI case from San Martin to his San Jose courtroom. But two judges from that court, Raymond Cunningham and Gregory Saldivar, testified before the grand jury. Neither returned calls Tuesday. Danser, who turned 50 earlier this month, is married to Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Catherine Anne Gallagher. Brown, Bishop’s attorney, said his client had been interviewed twice by the Commission on Judicial Performance, the state agency that has been investigating allegations against Danser since February. “I called the DA and told him that I would very seriously consider having Randy testify in front of the grand jury,” Brown said, but he was rebuffed. “The DA’s office decided it would just as soon make its decisions without the grand jury hearing from him,” he said. Danser once worked as a deputy DA, but he’s clashed with prosecutors over the years, causing some defense lawyers to question the case being made against him by Kennedy’s office. “It would be a whole lot cleaner and smell less if the attorney general had done it,” said defense attorney Michael Armstrong, of Palo Alto’s Nolan, Armstrong & Barton. “The connection is so close. It would be easy to say it’s a personal vendetta coming from somewhere.” Senior Writer Renee Deger contributed to this story. Reporter Shannon Lafferty’s e-mail address is [email protected].

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