SANTA ANA (CBS) — An attorney for a judge in Orange County accused of helping out friends and family with their traffic violations insisted on Monday his client is not in violation of judicial ethics.

Superior Court Judge Richard Stanford awaits a decision from the Commission on Judicial Performance on possible disciplinary action for the charges, which includes nine allegations of misconduct from 2003 to 2010.

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KNX 1070’s Mike Landa reports Stanford is accused of helping nine people plead guilty and then waiving their fees and fines.

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Attorney Paul Meyer told a three-justice panel that while the action may have been irresponsible, it was not an intentional violation of judicial ethics.

Several high-profile Orange County judges are expected to testify as character witnesses during the inquiry.

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An ethics violation could result in Judge Stanford either being censured or removed from the bench.