Judge Cory Woodward resigns position less than a month before Election Day

Posted at 2:47 PM, Oct 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-12 08:51:59-04

A controversial Kern County Superior Court judge will not seek reelection this year after losing the primary back in June.

Judge Cory Woodward resigned less than a month from Election Day. The incumbent is opposed by Tiffany Organ-Bowles on the ballot and could still win.

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If that happens, Governor Brown would have to appoint a replacement.

Woodward was censured in 2014 for disrespecting the dignity of the courtroom. The Commission on Judicial Performance said between 2012 and 2013 Woodward had sex with a courtroom clerk assigned to him.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story stated that he won the primary back in June.