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Court files released Wednesday offer some new details about the traffic and DUI cases that led to the indictment of Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge William Danser. The files include handwritten notations indicating that court clerks had transferred the cases to Danser’s courtroom at his request. Nine of the 20 traffic charges he dismissed were for speeding, including one for San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov, who was cited for driving 80 miles per hour in a 65 mph zone. Danser also dismissed a handful of other traffic offenses, including not wearing a seatbelt, a carpool lane violation and tailgating. Seven of the traffic cases included failure-to-appear charges, which increased the possible fines. Danser dismissed those, too. In total, Danser dismissed $4,792 worth of citations. The judge dismissed three tickets and one failure to appear for San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison, who was cited once for speeding and twice for having tinted windows on his silver Camaro. Jamison told the San Jose Mercury News that he had the canceled checks to prove he had paid his traffic fines, but the court files contain no indication a fine was ever assessed or paid. Sharks officials did not return a call Wednesday. Potential fines for the 20 traffic defendants ranged from $87 for a speeding ticket to $909 for an expired registration, no proof of insurance and failure to appear. In one case, motorist Phyllis Cruse paid an $87 speeding ticket in July 2002. The court mailed Cruse’s check back to her Los Gatos address with a letter explaining the case “has been dismissed and closed as a result of your hearing on June 14, 2002.” The court file shows it was transferred to Danser on June 12 and dismissed by him two days later without Cruse being present. Cruse’s husband, Scott, said Wednesday that the couple knew the judge, but he would not comment further. “I think the whole thing is a waste,” Scott Cruse said. “This whole thing is a wild goose chase.” In all of the traffic cases, the defendants were “not present,” according to the case files. Two cases have handwritten “by phone” notations written in the “next court appearance date” slot on the court form. Danser was indicted along with former Los Gatos police officer Randall Bishop on felony conspiracy and misdemeanor obstruction of justice counts. Bishop, who worked security for the Sharks, is accused of providing information to Danser about some of the cases he subsequently dismissed. On Wednesday, the court’s presiding judge, Thomas Hansen, defended its policy on case transfers, which permits individual judges to request that cases be transferred to them, and said he didn’t think it fostered systemic abuse. “We trust our judges to make appropriate transfers,” Hansen said. “If someone abuses the system, and I am not saying there has been abuse, that’s unfortunate.” He said judges are only supposed to transfer cases in order to consolidate them with a related matter. “That is understood by everyone in the system.” Hansen also took issue with comments made by the presiding judges of San Francisco and Alameda counties, who told The Recorder earlier this week that rank-and-file judges can’t transfer a case to themselves in those counties. “I doubt very seriously,” Hansen said, “that the judges in San Francisco and Alameda wait a week or two for the presiding judge, who is on vacation or sick leave, to return to get a case transferred.”

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