Judge quits after four weeks

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Article Date: 1/25/2010 | Resource: MLG

Judge quits after four weeks

A Ventura County Superior Court Judge has resigned, less than four weeks after the governor appointed him.

Citing “personal reasons,” William Lynch resigned and returned to his previous job as an attorney in Santa Barbara County, officials said today.

Lynch, 54, resigned on Friday, said Robert Sherman, assistant executive officer with the Superior Court.

Lynch couldn’t be reached for comment.

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.

Before his appointment, Lynch most recently worked as a research attorney for the Santa Barbara County Superior Court.

Sherman said the resignation was unexpected, adding that to his knowledge there was no information or reports that would have caused Lynch to call its quits after a brief stint as a judge.

Also, Sherman noted that the screening process for judicial candidates is rigorous, including close scrutiny of a person’s personal and professional history. “He would not have made it this far if there was something in his past,” said Sherman.

Lynch said in a press release in December that he would like the job, one where impartiality is valued as well as a keen understanding of the law.

Sherman said that with Lynch’s resignation there are now two Ventura County Superior Court judges’ 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, where he studied English.

Lynch also served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1985-88. He is a registered Republican.

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Jeffrey Marquart