Judge who fixed divorce cases sent to prison
wept as he asked for leniency, claiming the cigars, cash and
other gifts never influenced his decisions. But he also admitted
that when he saw hidden-camera videos of his shady dealings in
chambers, "I was appalled, embarrassed and ashamed of my
convicted of receiving bribes and accepting rewards for official
misconduct but acquitted on four lesser counts.
The sentencing judge had no sympathy for him.
your own moral fiber," Justice Jeffrey Berry said before
imposing the sentence. "What you brought upon yourself is
Earlier in the
day, former state assemblyman Clarence Norman Jr. surrendered in
case arose from a broader investigation into allegations that
civil judgeships were being bought and sold for up to $50,000.
of such brokering never materialized, but the scandal did bring
A civil court
candidate testified at
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