O.C. Judge Who Was Censured for Having Sex in Chambers Wins Reelection Bid

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An Orange County Superior Court judge who was censured for having sex with two women in his chambers won his bid for reelection Tuesday over a veteran prosecutor.

Scott Steiner maintained a decisive lead over opponent Karen Schatzle, earning 205,742 votes, or 56.3% of ballots cast, according to unofficial vote results posted by the Orange County registrar of voters. Schatzle, a senior deputy district attorney in Orange County for more than 10 years, received 159,466 votes, or 43.7%.

“It has been an honor working for the people of Orange County,” the judge said on Facebook. “Thank you for supporting me in my efforts to protect victims’ rights. With the will of the voters, I will continue my work as a judge of the Orange County Superior Court for a second term.”

Steiner, who has been a judge since 2011, vowed to continue to work hard for justice.

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