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SAN JOSE — Two weeks into the prosecution’s case against Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge William Danser, indicted for ticket-fixing, the trial is shaping up as a snoozer. After hearing days of routine testimony from dozens of cops about routine traffic citations, even the judge — William Kelsay, a retired Santa Cruz judge sitting by assignment — was yawning. Faced with a defense objection, Kelsay admitted his mind had wandered. “Would you restate that question?” he asked. “I was thinking about another issue.” Danser’s attorney is trying to make the most of prosecutor David Pandori’s plodding strategy, even objecting that Pandori is trying to bore jurors to death. Pandori has said he plans to call more than 100 witnesses in the felony conspiracy and misdemeanor obstruction of justice case against Danser. Prosecutors say the judge improperly dismissed 20 traffic tickets for pro athletes and acquaintances, and transferred a pair of DUI cases to his court so he could give the defendants light sentences. On Tuesday, Pandori began calling Danser’s court staff to the stand. Danser’s court stenographer, Georgina Galvan-Colin, testified about asking the judge to calendar a traffic ticket issued to her father. It was one of the 20 later dismissed. Galvan-Colin explained that she took the ticket from her parents’ house and asked Danser to hear the matter so her father could avoid the “hassle of traffic court.” Galvan-Colin, who was granted immunity, said she asked Danser because she had seen him handle traffic tickets for other court staff. Pandori spent nearly an hour grilling Galvan-Colin’s 65-year-old father, Erasmo Galvan, on the specifics of his traffic ticket and his conversations about the ticket to family members. Pandori asked him about his education, his occupation, his history of traffic tickets and his reaction to the ticket. Erasmo Galvan testified he put the ticket in a drawer and forgot about it. Galvan-Colin’s husband, Santa Clara Deputy Public Defender Enrique Colin, was called to testify to recount a three-minute conversation in 2002 that he had with Erasmo Galvan about the ticket. Colin, who is in a runoff election for an open seat on the Santa Clara County Superior Court bench, said he never spoke to his wife about the ticket, but said his father-in-law felt the ticket for a lane-change was an “injustice.” Late Tuesday, Pandori started testimony about the two drunken driving cases. It’s still unclear if Danser’s alleged co-conspirator will testify for the prosecution. Randall Bishop pleaded no contest to conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges before trial, and prosecutors have subpoenaed him to testify.

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