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The state’s judicial watchdog filed formal charges Monday against William Danser, the Santa Clara County judge indicted last year for allegedly fixing traffic tickets and mishandling a pair of DUI cases. The complaint by the Commission on Judicial Performance largely mirrors the criminal indictment, but adds new allegations that Danser mistreated court staff and visitors and displayed bias. James Murphy, with San Francisco’s Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney who is representing Danser in the CJP proceedings, didn’t return calls. But Danser’s criminal defense attorney Kenneth Robinson said the CJP’s complaint was just more “allegations.” “Once Bill is exonerated in the criminal matter, we will be able to address these allegations and he will be exonerated by the Commission on Judicial Performance.” According to the 26-page complaint, Danser asked two teenage girls observing his courtroom if they wanted to see the jail. When the students declined, Danser allegedly said, “Not everyone who visits the jail has to be strip searched,” according to the complaint. He’s also accused of bias in sentencing a drunken driver to 90 days in jail because the arrest occurred near Danser’s home. According to the complaint, Danser threatened to remand the defendant into custody if he didn’t plead guilty. In another incident, Danser allegedly told DA investigators guarding Deputy DA Lane Liroff, who was prosecuting a gang killing in April 2003, that, “If someone shot Lane, they would be doing the community a favor.” When fellow Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Linda Condron refused to accept a case from Danser in 2002, he reportedly announced from the bench that he was “fed up � Who does she think she is? � She’s not my boss.” The CJP complaint also alleges that Danser bullied court staff. In 1996, shortly after he took the bench, Danser allegedly banished two clerks from his courtroom after they complained about his strip search comment. In 2001, he allegedly threatened to “slap” a court clerk if she hung up on him again. A criminal grand jury indicted Danser and Los Gatos Police Detective Randall Bishop in September on felony conspiracy and misdemeanor obstruction of justice charges. The CJP’s action wasn’t unexpected. Prosecutors have said they were brought in by the CJP last year. The criminal trial is set for March.

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