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Long Beach Superior Court Judge Charles Sheldon ‘Made a Mistake’

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A Long Beach judge recused himself today from the case of two men convicted of illegal marijuana sales at their dispensaries in Long Beach and Orange County, saying he wrote a glowing letter about the trial prosecutor prior to his sentencing of them.

“Frankly, I made a mistake,” Long Beach Superior Court Judge Charles Sheldon told attorneys in the case of Joseph James Byron and Joe Matthew Grumbine of Lake Elsinore, who were convicted Dec. 21 and were awaiting sentencing by Sheldon.

The attorney for Grumbine and Byron had asserted throughout the trial that the judge was overtly biased in favor of the prosecution and had successfully appealed one of his rulings that was overturned.

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