(04-03) 16:01 PDT Los Angeles, CA (AP) --
The state commission on judicial performance has publicly admonished a Los Angeles court commissioner for repeatedly being rude and belittling to attorneys and litigants in family court.
According to a public order issued Tuesday, Commissioner Alan Friedenthal should be severely publicly admonished for misconduct and ethics violations in five family law cases.
In one case, he threatened to award custody of a child to non-parental family members in response to a father's statements that he needed a payment plan to pay court fees.
Friedenthal says his rude behavior was infrequent, and came in response to difficult litigants.
The cases were heard between 2007 and 2009 in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
A commissioner is a subordinate judicial officer to a judge in California courts.
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