San Mateo County Judge Suspected of DUI, DA Reviewing Case

Superior Court Judge Joseph Scott, 63, who is the second highest-ranking judge in the county, was pulled over Memorial Day weekend, according to Redwood City police.

By Bay City News Service: 

A San Mateo County judge was arrested on U.S. Highway 101 in Redwood City during Memorial Day Weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence, police said Monday. 

Superior Court Judge Joseph Scott, 63, who is the second highest-ranking judge in the county, was pulled over around 12:30 a.m. on May 24, according to Redwood City police Lt. Sean Hart. 

Officers determined he was driving under the influence of alcohol and arrested him. He was taken to the First Chance Sobering Station in Burlingame, where he was cited and released, according to Hart. 

Hart declined to say why officers pulled Scott over, deferring additional questions about the case to the district attorney's office. 

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe declined to comment on the details of the case but said prosecutors are reviewing the case submitted by Redwood City police. 

He said his office hopes to make a decision this week about whether charges will be filed against Scott. The judge is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 5 in the same Redwood City courthouse where he serves. 

He was appointed as a San Mateo County Judge in 2003 and is serving a six-year term set to expire in 2017.
Geo Kitta June 10, 2014 at 10:07 AM
I just heard a report on NPR just the other day how those who judge are among the people who are most prone to break the very laws they preside over. I'm shocked ~
Alison June 10, 2014 at 01:00 PM
The San Bruno Patch should have given credit to the Palo Alto Daily Post, which broke this story through hard work and with no help from the San Mateo DA's office. It's very disturbing that when it's a minority who gets a DUI, the San Mateo District Attorney's office has no problem releasing each and every detail of the incident, right down to the blood alcohol level. But in the case of Judge Scott, the DA and the police did not release this information.. It was only by fluke that the Palo Alto Daily Post stumbled upon the case - two weeks after the May 24 incident. Why does the DA have one standard for a minority like Jimmy Velasco and another for Judge Scott? Why the secrecy and stonewalling for Judge Scott, who has sentenced people to prison for DUI's, but when it comes to poor and less powerful citizens like Velasco, the DA blasts the information about the DUI to the press? http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/lnews/2014-01-09/driver-charged-with-drunken-crash-into-bus/1776425116180.html Driver charged with drunken crash into bus January 09, 2014, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report A man who reportedly told authorities “I’m a little drunk” after rear-ending a stopped SamTrans bus in South San Francisco last week pleaded not guilty to intoxicated driving charges. Jimmy Alameda Velasco, 31, reportedly hit the bus just before 6 p.m. Jan. 3 as it stopped at the intersection of El Camino Real and Arroyo Drive. Many passengers were taken to local hospitals but Velasco was unharmed and said “I hit the bus, I’m a little drunk,” said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Velasco reportedly couldn’t finish his field sobriety tests and preliminary blood alcohol levels were .17 and .19. Once arrested, he
cleancourts June 11, 2014 at 12:40 AM
Litigants report that Judge Scott was often sleeping or nodding off during crucial trials and hearings. This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the problems in San Mateo Superior Court.
Michael G. Stogner June 11, 2014 at 09:28 AM
Credit goes to Angela Ruggiero reporter for the Palo Alto Daily Post.


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