11:05 AM CDT, July 16, 2012
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- Two veteran L.A. County judges have reportedly been disciplined for their handling of the Lindsay Lohan D.U.I. case.
The L.A. Times obtained documents showing that L.A. County Superior Court judges Marsha Revel and Elden Fox were reproached by a state oversight panel for two incidents that ended with Lohan being sentenced to two weeks in jail in 2010.
The panel acted on accusations that Revel improperly met alone with an attorney who wanted to take over Lohan's defense.
Fox apparently erred in denying the actress bail on a relatively minor charge.
One judicial expert compared the commission's action to a "wrist-slap" but said the judges' conduct involved "fairly basic" legal mistakes.
The two presided over then 23-year-old Lohan's case when she was on probation for drunk driving in 2010. One month she failed to show up for a progress report because she had lost her passport while at the Cannes Film Festival. She was then sentenced to 90 days in jail by Revel. Later that year, Lohan was jailed and denied bail by Fox for violating probation.
The commission, which investigates claims of judicial misconduct, issues discipline only in rare cases. Of 1,138 complaints it received in 2011, 42 resulted in discipline. All but six judges were disciplined in private.