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SACRAMENTO — The Commission on Judicial Performance censured a retired Yuba County judge and barred him from receiving judicial assignments after finding he had fixed traffic tickets for friends and family. Judge David Wasilenko took medical leave in May and retired at the end of January, the day before his case was to be argued before the commission. His attorney then waived argument. In September, a panel of special masters hit Wasilenko with six counts of willful misconduct, three counts of prejudicial misconduct and one count of improper action, finding he’d stepped in to traffic cases that would not otherwise have been assigned to him. The commission on Wednesday came down a little harder, finding that he had committed willful misconduct in nine instances. In the decision � signed by Third District Court of Appeal Justice Vance Raye, the CJP’s chairman � the commissioners said Wasilenko’s retirement prevented them from ordering him removed from the bench. Wasilenko’s attorney, James Murphy, has said his client’s handling of his duties reflected life in a small town, where judges know everyone and handle matters more informally. Neither Murphy nor Wasilenko could be reached for comment Wednesday. The commission noted that Wasilenko was privately admonished for similar conduct in 2003. “Because of his demonstrated failure to reform and his long-running pattern of misconduct, we determine that he is lacking in requisite temperament,” Raye stated. A judge since 1985, the 58-year-old Wasilenko will likely be eligible for up to 75 percent of his salary when he turns 60.

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