SAN FRANCISCO — A Los Angeles County judge is under investigation for allegedly mistreating prospective jurors, after making one cry and mocking others for having next to nothing in their bank accounts, according to a notice from the Commission on Judicial Performance.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Edmund Clarke Jr. was out of line on several occasions during jury selection for a May 2014 murder trial, according to the CJP charges. Clarke excused one prospective juror but then ordered her to wait in the hall for an hour, according to the commission, after becoming angry that she had criticized his clerk. He also drove a native Spanish speaker to tears by suggesting that she had lied about her English abilities to avoid jury duty, according to the notice.
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