The Olympian reported on January 13, 2020 that a California judicial panel fount that a judge on the California Appeals court “sexually harassed numerous women at the courthouse, including a fellow judge whom he repeatedly groped and propositioned over nine years.” The Justice, Jeffrey Johnson, could be removed from the Second Court of Appeals in Los Angeles, if the Commission on Judicial Performance upholds the decision of the panel.
Judge Johnson denies “harassing, groping or propositioning any court colleagues or employees.” The lawyer for the judge asserted that the panel did find “problems of a number of the accusing witnesses.”
The panel consisted of one appellate justice and two judges for the Superior Court. The panel said that “Johnson had committed 12 acts of “prejudicial misconduct” against 11 women from 2009 to 2018 and had also been drunk in public while presiding over a wedding and a reception for young attorneys.” The panel expressed concerned that this pattern of misconduct undermined the “public’s trust in the judicial process.” The decision was announced after 17 days of hearings and the testimony of more than 100 witnesses.
Judge Johnson was first appointed to the court by “Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009 after 10 years as a federal prosecutor and 10 years as a federal magistrate.” His main accuser, Justice Victoria Chaney, who was also appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger, “testified that Johnson first told her that he wanted to have an affair with her in 2010. She turned him down.” She further testified that Judge Johnson “approached her and told her he wanted to kiss and squeeze her breasts to make her feel better” – after she had completed a difficult hearing. Judge Johnson denied the account.
Sexual assault and sexual harassment are serious wrongs at any level. In many cases, the employees have the right to file a civil claim against the person who commits the assault. They can also file a claim against an employer if the employer was aware or should have been aware of the assault and failed to take proper actions. To learn if you have a sexual assault or sexual harassment claim, call the California Law Offices of Stephen A. Danz and Associates. We have the experience and resources to help you get justice. To make an appointment, call us at online contact form. Se habla espanol.or complete our