Former Kern County Superior Court Commissioner Joseph J. Gianquinto has been publicly censured for Facebook posts involving, among other things, expression of anti-Muslim, anti-immigration and anti-gay marriage sentiments.
"Mr. Gianquinto's conduct constituted conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice that brings the judicial office into disrepute ...," the state Commission on Judicial Performance said in its decision made public Wednesday.
Gianquinto resigned as a court commissioner in March and has agreed not to seek or hold judicial office in any court in California, according to the decision.
Katy A. Cummings, Gianquinto's attorney, said he has no comment other than he's looking forward to putting the matter behind him.
Among the posts Gianquinto made on his Facebook page are the following:
• "When he said he was going to 'fundamentally transform' this nation, he was gaining success. He was going to transform it from a primarily Judeo-Christian nation into Islam. Got it now? Thank God for Trump." — Posted Feb. 10, 2017
• "What a pity it is to watch the RINOs (Republican in name only) run from the immigration order like roaches when the light comes on. They are more interested in saving their positions, than in protecting the rest of us." — Posted Jan. 31, 2017
• "For the Indian Rez that will not permit the wall built on 75 miles of border on their land — how about building the wall around that rez, fencing them into Mexico? That should please them." — Posted Jan. 30, 2017
• "As I drove to the gym this morning, my route goes past several low income housing units recently built, and some apartment buildings that are also low income. I did not see a single light on at 6:00. That is when people going to work arise." Posted April 17 (year illegible)
Gianquinto also reposted a number of memes. One said, "It takes a special kind of lunatic to think that importing welfare recipients who want to kill us is a good idea," according to the document.
Another says, "Islamists want bacon banned because it offends them. I say ban Islamists because it offends my bacon!"
The commission said in its decision that Gianquinto violated multiple judicial canons by, among other things, failing to uphold the integrity and independence of the judiciary, failing to act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary and failing to avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety.
Gianquinto served as a commissioner from Dec. 20, 2007 to March 30, 2018.
On May 8, 2017, Judge Charles R. Brehmer notified Gianquinto in writing that some of his Facebook posts were "of significant concern," according to the decision.
Gianquinto met with Brehmer a week later, according to the document, and submitted a written response saying he immediately deleted the posts and wouldn't share similar posts in the future.
Several weeks later, Brehmer issued a private written reprimand to Gianquinto that said in part his Facebook page contained "content that was derogatory to certain members of our community and further was out of line with the Judicial Canons," according to the decision.
But the judge said he was satisfied Gianquinto understood and had "appropriately addressed" his errors in judgement.
Gianquinto, however, didn't immediately make his Facebook page private, nor did he delete all of the inappropriate posts, according to the decision. He said he had intended to delete the posts but they remained public until August 2017 due to his unfamiliarity with how to remove them.