Updated: 4:53 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2011 | Posted: 2:59 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2011
Judge Arrested For Domestic Violence Awaits Charging Decision
SOLANO COUNTY, Calif. —
Solano County Superior Court Judge Robert Bowers, who was arrested Monday on suspicion of felony domestic violence, is still at work, performing administrative tasks at the Vallejo courthouse, the court's presiding judge said Thursday morning
Vallejo police arrested Bowers at 1 a.m. Monday outside the Solano County Superior Courthouse, two hours after his wife reported a domestic violence incident at the couple's home.
He posted $25,000 bail and was released from the county jail by 4 a.m. that day.
Bowers' attorney Dan Russo said Bowers' wife fell while the couple was working on a deck at their home Sunday. Russo called the domestic violence allegations "science fiction" and said the judge is "completely innocent."
To avoid a conflict of interest with the Solano County District Attorney's Office, the state Attorney General's Office is reviewing the Vallejo police reports about the incident and deciding whether to take the case, Solano County Superior Court Presiding Judge D. Scott Daniels said.
Daniels said that if the attorney general's office decides to prosecute Bowers, Bowers would be allowed to resume hearing criminal cases filed by the Solano County District Attorney's Office, but not those involving the Vallejo Police Department.
Until it's decided whether charges will be filed against him, Bowers is doing administrative work, including reviewing 70 applications for a vacant commissioner's position on the county court, Daniels said.
Daniels said he expects to decide by Friday morning whether Bowers can hear juvenile and family law court matters in the meantime.
Bowers, 51, is taking vacation days Friday and Monday, then leaves for Army Reserve duty between April 19 and 27, Scott said.
"There's no need for him to have a court calendar before April 27," Daniels said.
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