Jurist Rebuked For
Courts: An O.C. judge gets the mildest
discipline meted out by a state judicial commission...
By John McDonald
The Orange County
Orange County Superior Court Judge
Gary P. Ryan was publicly admonished by the state's Commission on Judicial
Performance on Tuesday for drunken driving....
An admonishment, the lowest grade of
public discipline meted out by the commission, carries no monetary sanction or
The commission last publicly
disciplined an Orange County judge, James R. Ross, in May, 1998...
Newport Beach police arrested Ryan,
56, following an accident in September, 1999 and reported his blood-alcohol
level at 0.17, more than twice the level for a driving-under-the influence
He pleaded guilty to the
He currently is assigned to hear
* Has anyone ever noticed that there seems
to be two standards of law, one for the citizen, and another for those of
Ironically, one of the
complaints of our Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence was, "For
protecting them, by a mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they
should commit on the inhabitants of these states:"
Often today, governments will
hold, if anything at all, a pretended or mock trial of their own for crimes
against the people. And what is not so obvious is that oftentimes they will even
later promote that criminal perpetrator to higher government
positions. Examples of this, for instance are such incidents as California
Senator David Robertie against whom the people enacted a recall and which
recall ruined his ability to acquire his re-election. Having been
effectively put out of office by the people, he was thereafter promoted to
an even higher-paying job in California government with his "opponent" party
participating in a fundraiser to discharge his recall debt.
Then there is the example of
California Judge Henry Patrick Nelson, who, in the face of multiply charges of
misconduct as set forth in media, left the bench in
disgrace, involuntarily signing a permanent retirement agreement just days
before he was to face charges, in exchange for averting such action, only
to thereafter be rehired by the County of Los Angeles that he
"permanently retired" from, as defense counsel for wayward judges
as he himself was. We called it, "Publicly thrown out the front door
in disgrace, and secretly hired in the back door for a
We could go on to talk about
citizens who go to prison for twenty-five to life for drug charges, while judges
only receive counseling for their drug addition.
Now for the instant
story. Here we Superior Court Judge Ryan driving under the influence,
(DUI), a serious criminal violation under the California Penal Code. He
has an alcohol level more than twice that of a DUI charge. He gets involved
in an accident, and then pays not so much as one dime in fines or court costs,
nor does he spend so much as a single day in jail. Yes, and he gets to keep his
posh position with over a hundred-thousand dollars a year as judge of the Family
Law Court. What's wrong with this picture?
Now what would happen
to any citizen who drove drunk and got involved in a accident? Do you think
they would be admonished and not pay a fine or serve time in jail? Do we not
have a double-standard? You be the judge! - Ronald
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