Two California judges — one in Orange County, the other in Kern County — avoided removal from the bench after they admitted to having sex with women inside their respective chambers and showed remorse, according to a judicial oversight panel decision published Tuesday.
Scott Steiner, an Orange County Superior Court judge since 2011, was censured for a host of improprieties, including having sex with two women in his chambers — one was his intern, the other a practicing attorney in the county — and failing to disqualify himself from a case involving a longtime friend, according to the Commission on Judicial Performance, an oversight board that investigates judicial misconduct.
“Engaging in sexual intercourse in the courthouse is the height of irresponsible and improper behavior by a judge,” the commission wrote in its decision to censure.
Steiner, a former prosecutor and son of former Orange County Supervisor William Steiner, taught both women when he was an adjunct professor at Chapman University’s law school.
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