Scott Steiner, Judge in Middle of Sex Scandal, Escapes Charges from State Attorney General

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The California Attorney General's Office will not pursue criminal charges against Orange County Superior Court Judge Scott Steiner, whose former law school student claimed to have been coerced into having sex with him, according to Steiner's attorney.

"The Attorney (General's Office) made the right call," veteran OC defense attorney Paul S. Meyer reportedly said. "Judge Steiner is innocent. He has been forthright and candid."

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In late February, Chapman University officials notified the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) that one of its law school students claimed to have had a lengthy, quid pro quo sexual affair with Steiner, who helped to land her a prosecutor's job within the previous year.

The OCDA alerted the state Attorney General's office (AG), recusing the Orange County agency from the case because of possible conflicts--or at least the appearance of conflicts--because Steiner used to work there as a prosecutor before being elected a judge in 2010.

But the investigation was still handled by the Orange County Sheriff's Department, even though Sheriff Sandra Hutchens had personally endorsed Steiner's judge candidacy. Investigators' findings were then turned over to the AG, and Steiner was transferred from the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana to handling small claims court cases at the North Justice Center in Fullerton.

The former student, who was apparently upset because she lost that job Steiner got her, claimed she "was coerced into sexual relations" with him and alleged suffering from an assault, emotional trauma, negligence, discrimination, battery, loss of job
opportunities, harassment and retaliation. She sought at least $1 million in damages.

The California Victims Compensation and Government Claims Board rejected her claim in May, explaining it had no jurisdiction over the judicial branch of government. The Judicial Council has jurisdiction on claims against the judicial branch, according to an agency spokesperson.

The State Bar could also discipline Steiner, who in a May statement from Meyer's Costa Mesa office said he regretted his "lapse of judgment and apologized to his family shortly after the relationship ended nearly a year ago."

At that time, Meyer ... ahem ... fleshed out the story, describing the female lawyer as being in her 30s and saying her relationship ended when it was discovered by her husband. The lawyer also pointed out no complaint was filed with law enforcement after the affair ended.

With the AG now out of the way, Meyer on Thursday took the gloves off, claiming the accuser's original letter to Chapman "was filled with lies, which Judge Steiner absolutely denies." The lawyer also seized on a demand for money in the message to the university.

"We are pleased that this blatant extortion attempt has been rejected," Meyer reportedly told City News Service, "and the overly long investigation finally confirms his innocence."

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ocgambill
ocgambill

Judge Scott Steiner I have been in this Judges Court room as a defendant, wrongly accused of brandishing a replica fire arm, being innocent I wanted a jury trial, as testimony wrapped up the judge asked the jury to step outside and he dismissed the case because he saw through the bullshit charge, he knew the law and he knew I had a right to protect myself as well as my family against 3 known admitted gang members, I have lived in O.C. my entire life and I am proud to have this man serve as a Judge in my community, not only because he threw my case out, its because he focused on true professionalism, he didn't judge me until all the facts were presented, bottom line is this Judge is just a good guy and I have no doubt that these allegations against him will be unfounded

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"The OCDA alerted the state Attorney General's office (AG), recusing the Orange County agency from the case because of possible conflicts--or at least the appearance of conflicts--because Steiner used to work there as a prosecutor before being elected a judge in 2010". -

Who was judge Steiner elected by? It was not the people of the county. Who appointed him to the judgeship position?

"The police report and the DA's complaint had plenty of holes in it". - A Public Defender assigned to my case. 

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"The Attorney (General's Office) made the right call," veteran OC defense attorney Paul S. Meyer reportedly said. "Judge Steiner is innocent. He has been forthright and candid."

I do NOT believe that!

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

The son of the man that caused the bankruptcy of Orange County bank in 1994. I saw a news article that I got printed out here that was from 1996.

Sort of runs in the family, couldn't get him a job on the city council so now he's a smiling judge that's judging you.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

One again, a buddy of TRack gets let go Scott free. Who is (W)atching the Watchers?

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