Alameda County, Calif., Superior Court Judge Robert Freedman, a former assistant presiding judge who has held several top administrative positions in the court, was charged Wednesday with “willful misconduct” by the state Commission on Judicial Performance.

In an eight-page notice of formal proceedings, the CJP said Freedman exceeded a 90-day period deemed “reasonable � to carry out the basic responsibility of a judge to decide cases.” Twice Freedman was advised about upholding the 90-day rule, etched out in the Code of Judicial Ethics, but he continued to delay his rulings a total of 20 times, the complaint charges.