Social media shenanigan earns L.A. County Superior Court Judge an admonishment

A long-serving Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge was admonished today for his activities on social media that suggested bias. 

In a ruling issued today by the San Francisco-based Commission on Judicial Performance, it was found that Judge Michael J. O'Gara inappropriately "liked" and commented on social media postings from the Los Angeles County District Attorney. The ruling did not say what platform the likes and commentary were displayed.

In their statement of public admonishment, the CJP said "once Judge O’Gara posted or liked content on social media, he effectively distributed material to an unlimited number of persons, over whose actions he had no control. The commission determined that Judge O’Gara’s social media activity suggested bias against particular classes of people, and was undignified and indecorous, among other violations of the Code of Judicial Ethics."   

The admonishment also said O'Gara "included commentary, or 'likes,' relating to the District Attorney for Los Angeles County, controversial political issues, and various groups’ exercise of constitutional rights."

O'Gara was first elected to the Superior Court in 2007 and before that worked in the L.A. County District Attorney's office for 17 years. 

Judge Michael J. O'Gara. 

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