Sierra County judge defended |

Sierra County judge defended

I was appalled by the allegations made by the Sierra County grand jury against Judge William Pangman, which appeared on The Union’s Jan. 22 front page.

As an attorney with 23 years of experience, I have appeared before literally hundreds of judges and have found Judge Pangman to stand out above the crowd in terms of honesty, diligence, fairness, and integrity, among other positive attributes.

What is clearly missing from the grand jury’s allegations is any claim that a lawsuit has been filed, that a motion to compel the production of the subject documents from the school district and/or Office of Education has been made to the court by the grand jury, or that Judge Pangman improperly denied a proper motion to produce documents. Merely because Judge Pangman may or may not be a friend of a school district employee, as grounds for alleging corruption, is not only ludicrous, but forms the grounds for a defamation suit against the grand jury by Judge Pangman.

If libeling one of the finest judges in Northern California is the grand jury’s answer to the alleged problems, then the blanket resignation of the members of the grand jury is obviously their finest contribution to Sierra County.

Sandra Stanley

Grass Valley

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