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September 27, 2016
Judge Mallery Sued In Federal Court
Alongstanding scrap between a court clerk and one of two judges in a rural courthouse in California has spilled into an unusual federal lawsuit against the judge and the overall court administration in California.
The court clerk in Lassen County, in the northeastern section of California, filed a complaint last week in U.S. District Court in Sacramento against Superior Court Judge Tony Mallery as well as the California Judicial Council and the Administrative Office of the Courts.
In Lassen County, with a population of 32,000, Barone has been working in the courthouse for almost twenty years, while Mallery was elected to his judgeship just three years ago.
In her complaint, the clerk says that since the judge was sworn-in, he has refused to acknowledge her authority and continually refers to her simply as "B."
The 34-page complaint says the judge altered court documents, heard cases without files or an attorney present, intimidated, belittled and badgered female employees and ordered the staff "to perform acts forbidden by the code of ethics."
His behavior included "yelling, ranting, and raising his fists."...read more