Ex-judge explains his decision to quit

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Article Date: 1/26/2010 | Resource: MLG

Ex-judge explains his decision to quit

A Santa Barbara attorney said he resigned after less than four weeks as a Ventura County Superior Court judge because of personal reasons involving his family.

“My reasons for resigning are pretty simple,” said attorney William Lynch. “I have a situation at home which makes it very difficult for me to travel that distance.” He declined to elaborate.

Lynch submitted his resignation on Friday, citing only personal reasons, and he returned to his previous job as a research attorney for the Santa Barbara County Superior Court.

“I was lucky to be able to come back to this,” he said.

Lynch had praise for the Ventura County judges and staff, saying they were “very welcoming and very supportive.”

“I just have nothing but praise for the people of Ventura,” he said. “It just didn’t work out for me for personal reasons. It has nothing to do with the quality of the Superior Court.”

Lynch said the judge’s job would have resulted in having to work long and late hours, adding to the problem.

“I just made a misjudgment in accepting the position in Ventura because we live in Santa Barbara,” he said.

On Dec. 29, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointment of Lynch and a second man, Roger Lund of Camarillo, to the bench in Ventura County.

The resignation of Lynch, 54, was unexpected, and he didn’t offer any specific reasons for leaving the bench permanently, according to Robert Sherman, assistant executive officer with the Superior Court.

Sherman said that with Lynch’s resignation there are now two Ventura County Superior Court judge posts open. Lynch was appointed to fill the shoes of Judge Ken Riley, who retired a year ago.

Sherman said he didn’t know how long it would take to get another judicial appointment from the governor.

Lynch attended Loyola Law School after graduating from Stanford University.

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Jeffrey Marquart