Lamb Slammed

Inyo County’s Judge Brian Lamb has been publicly admonished by the Commission on Judicial Performance for “failing to timely act in three cases and by signing two false salary affidavits.”

The Commission has a tiered system of discipline according to Gregory Dresser, the Commission’s chief counsel. This was Lamb’s third strike for similar conduct. He received an advisory letter in 2006 for going 22 days beyond the 90-day requirement for action in a family law case. A private admonishment was issued in 2015 for a six month delay in another case.

The public admonishment is, basically, a stand-alone, with no fines or action imposed.

The decision states “Under California law, judges are expected to decide matters submitted to them within 90 days of submission and are prohibited from receiving their salaries when they have undecided matters under submission for more than 90 days.”

Lamb and his attorney contested the decision before the Commission on June 26 with the defense “he lost track” of the three family law cases.

According to the decision, Lamb lost track of a divorce case for 14 months. In another divorce 

case, Lamb was reminded of an outstanding statement of decision in June 2017. During that hearing, the parties “described the negative impact of the delay.” Lamb delayed another three months before issuing that final statement. In the third case, Lamb went over the 90-day requirement by two months despite court operations manager and presiding judge had reminding him of the deadlines.

Lamb’s defense for signing false salary affidavits was he did not know the affidavits were false when he signed them. The Commission’s decision indicated unaware was not a defense.

11 Responses to Lamb Slammed

  1. Old Timer July 15, 2019 at 3:22 pm #

    Judge Lamb is an honorable and hardworking person and he tries to be fair. We only have 2 judges here and they have a high caseload. I know Judge Lamb has a reputation for being slow, that does not mean he is deliberately playing the system, in fact I am sure he is not. Being publicly shamed is a pretty harsh punishment I would say.
    Inyo County has had and does have some pretty crooked people at all levels of law enforcement who somehow manage to survive to keep up their dirty work and never get exposed. Thank God for people like Judge Lamb and Tom Hardy who do their best to do the right thing.
    I have lived here long enough to know what its like when we have bad people in high places.

    • Good Ol Boy July 16, 2019 at 6:55 am #

      So, Old Timer, why has this “honorable” man – an elected Superior Court Judge – not issued a statement explaining his deceitful behavior and apologizing to the public for it?

      And, Old Timer, if you are aware of “pretty crooked people” in Inyo County law enforcement, why do YOU not expose them and try to get them removed from office?

  2. Strugging on $180,000+ a Year July 14, 2019 at 9:58 am #

    So, will the “honorable” Judge Lamb do the honorable thing and resign?

    Will our crime-fighting District Attorney Tom Hardy charge Judge Lamb with perjury?

    Yeah right – go smoke a bowl wacko.

  3. Anachronism July 14, 2019 at 8:42 am #

    I have always found Judge Lamb to be a man of integrity and a person who carefully considers every aspect of a case before making a decision. Before crucifying this gentleman, I would suggest that perhaps there should be a little research into what the court calendar and staffing looked like during the times when Judge Lamb “lost track” of several cases. It is so easy to criticize without understanding the big picture.

    • Ansel Atoms July 15, 2019 at 9:03 am #

      I’m confident the Commission on Judicial Performance was looking at the “big picture” when it decided to publicly spank Judge Lamb.

      Twice before the Commission had warned him not to bear false witness.

      Guess he didn’t get the picture.

  4. Old Yeller July 12, 2019 at 8:36 am #

    I really can believe that most of you are not shocked at his actions. I mean he’s a judge.. he must be right. Except when he lying to her payed.. that’s right.. he lied 3 DIFFRENT TIMES and was caught at least 3 different times.. then uses the same line I’m sure he’s heard in court a 1000 times… ” I DIDNT KNOW”. I FEEL SO SORRY FOR INYO COUNTY. YOU ARE ALL UNDER LAMBS authority. This is why you have p.o.s. after p.o.s being released… dont you get it… BRIAN gets payed the more you are forced to show up in court. Each & every time. So ofcourse he releases, he knows you’ll be back.. and he will make more $$ from you. He does not just get payed his 100k a year.. he is also taking money from your bonds. ( ohh you didn’t know) this guy is a sham artist from day 1. And the citizens of inyo are paying it… get this guy out of there

    • Old Timer July 15, 2019 at 3:24 pm #

      You should learn how to spell.

      • Old Yeller July 16, 2019 at 5:39 am #

        Apparently 13 outa 4 could understand.
        BRIAN LAMB IS GUILTY OF PERJURY. Not once, NOT twice.. BUT 3 TIMES. and your worried about spelling… your a special kinda stupid .

  5. Desertrat July 10, 2019 at 6:52 pm #


  6. Desertrat July 9, 2019 at 4:13 pm #

    Sounds like perjury to me! A straight felony!!!!

  7. Equal Justice Under the Law July 9, 2019 at 9:17 am #

    Perjury – a felony – plain and simple. Three times. His honor should be in jail.


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.