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Drugs, Sex, Antisemitism Top Complaint Against Calif. Judge

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A California state judge is facing an ethics complaint that accuses him of using a cannabis oil vape pen, pantomiming "something similar to a lap dance" on a woman married to a local public defender and repeatedly calling another public defender an antisemitic slur during a camping trip.

California's Commission on Judicial Performance on Feb. 7 charged Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Gregory J. Kreis, who was appointed to the bench in 2017, with "willful misconduct in office, conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice that brings the judicial office into disrepute, and improper action," detailing 19 alleged incidents over the past decade.

In May 2019, Judge Kreis and his wife went on a camping trip that was organized by Quincy Brownfield, the wife of now-Humboldt County Public Defender Luke Brownfield, and attended by several employees of the public defender's office, the notice of formal proceedings states. Before getting on a pontoon boat, the judge allegedly inhaled from a vape pen that contained cannabis oil, according to the notice.

After boarding the boat, Judge Kreis drank alcohol and while appearing to be intoxicated, repeatedly called Deputy Public Defender Rory Kalin "Jewboy," before turning to his wife and saying, "I don't even know why you're married to this Jewboy," the commission said.



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