Criminal Investigation Against Judge Peter McBrien: Whistleblower Leaked Report from Sacramento County District Attorney's Office
|In 2000, Judge Peter McBrien faced|
a felony criminal prosecution for
the destruction of trees in a
The criminal investigation report of Judge Peter McBrien by Sacramento County District Attorney's Office Criminal Investigator Craig Tourte is embedded at the end of this post. To view additional records from the 2000 prosecution and conviction of McBrien, click here. To read the Sacramento News and Review cover story about the case, click here.
Court watchdogs allege that the judge also is responsible for a family court criminal racketeering enterprise involving collusion and kickbacks between judges and divorce attorneys who also work as part-time judges in the same court. Click here for an investigative report by Sacramento Family Court News.
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The character witness testimony was cited by the CJP as a "mitigating factor" that significantly reduced McBrien's punishment and allowed him to remain on the bench. Even with the testimony, two CJP commissioners stated they would have removed McBrien from office, and dissented from the decision to allow him to remain a judge.