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Yuba County Superior Court Judge David Wasilenko has agreed to be censured by the Commission on Judicial Performance for the way he handled several traffic matters. Wasilenko’s lawyer in the case, James Murphy of San Francisco’s Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney, said the judge agreed to the deal with CJP lawyers, which will allow him to remain on the bench but that the commission still needs to approve it. Murphy expects that to happen soon. A CJP spokeswoman said the commission could consider the censure agreement as early as its next meeting, which is scheduled for Monday. The commission was originally going to hear Wasilenko’s case Nov. 3, but that hearing has been cancelled because of the agreement. Wasilenko was accused of violating judicial ethics by interfering with traffic citations that had been issued to family members and friends. Murphy said Wasilenko’s mistake was adjudicating several matters in chambers, but that the dispositions were no different than had they would have been in open court. Wasilenko recognizes that what he did was wrong and will not do it again, Murphy said. Wasilenko was elected to the bench in 1984. He is one of five judges in Yuba County, which is located about 40 miles north of Sacramento.

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