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Former Inyo County judge charged in SF for alleged false judicial misconduct claims

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The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has charged a former judge from Inyo County for allegedly attempting to frame another judge, prosecutors announced Thursday.

Tammy Grimm is being charged with numerous felonies, including offering false evidence, forgery and filing false documents with a public office.

Grimm is accused of submitting fabricated evidence against another judge to the Commission on Judicial Performance in San Francisco, the body in charge of investigating judicial misconduct claims and disciplining judges, in 2014, according to the district attorney’s office.

Grimm alleged that the judge, a fellow Inyo County Superior Court judge, falsely signed affidavits declaring that he did not have a matter pending on his docket for more than 90 days after the matter had been submitted for a decision.

Judges are required by law to complete affidavits periodically declaring that none of the matters before them remain pending for 90 days after having been submitted.

Grimm filed two emails with the CJP, emails she claimed to have sent to the judge, advising him that a matter pending before him was more than 90 days overdue. Court records allege, however, that Grimm forged these two documents and filed them with the CJP without ever having sent them to the judge.

“Our legal system is based on principles of fairness and honesty,” District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement. “Deliberately falsifying evidence not only harms those who are targeted by the deception, but also jeopardizes our trust in the institutions designed to serve us all.”

-Daniel Montes, Bay City News

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