SAN FRANCISCO – On July 12, 2018, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced numerous felony charges against Tammy Grimm for offering false evidence, forgery, and filing false documents with a public office. Grimm was arrested for submitting fabricated evidence against a judge to the Commission on Judicial Performance (CJP). The CJP is responsible for investigating complaints of judicial misconduct and for disciplining judges.
According to court documents, in 2014, Grimm filed a complaint with the CJP in San Francisco against an Inyo County Superior Court judge. At the time, Grimm was employed as the Court Executive Officer for the Inyo County Superior Court. Grimm alleged that the judge falsely signed affidavits declaring that he did not have a matter pending on his docket for more than 90 days after it had been submitted for a decision. Under California law, judges are required to complete affidavits periodically declaring that none of the matters before them remain pending for 90 days after having been submitted.
The investigation found Grimm filed two emails with the CJP, which she claimed she had sent to the judge advising him that a matter pending before him was more than 90 days overdue. According to court records, however, Grimm forged these two documents and filed them with the CJP; she never sent them to the judge.
According to District Attorney George Gascón’s press release:
The arrest and charges are the result of an excellent investigation by special agents with the Bureau of Investigation of the California Department of Justice.