San Diego Superior Court Judge DeAnn M. Salcido has agreed to step down from the bench after being censured by the California Commission on Judicial Performance. Salcido was charged with inappropriate and intemperate behavior towards lawyers and defendants.
Salcido was appointed to her position in 2002 by Governor Gray Davis and was reelected this year. Previously, she was a deputy district attorney in both Los Angeles and San Diego counties. She was charged by the commission of 39 instances in which she made mocking, rude and off-color comments. She was also under fire for allowing her courtroom to be filmed by a Hollywood producer as an audition for a potential reality show in which she would star.
In one instance, Salcido told a defendant that he would be “screwed” if he violated probation and “we don’t offer Vaseline for that.”