Citing a “plethora of misconduct,” the California Commission on Judicial Performance on Wednesday booted Monterey County Superior Court Judge Jose Velasquez from the bench.

Velasquez committed 46 acts of misconduct between January 2004 and May 2005, ranging from lengthening jail sentences of defendants who questioned his rulings, to forcing unrepresented defendants to choose jail time or diversion programs without telling them they could plead not guilty, the commission found.

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