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"I try to create a courtroom where people have a positive impression of the system and o.fjustice," said Stein, who was known to make the jurors laugh with her jokes and stories she often told in court. A CONTROVERSIAL DEPARTURE Like her departure, her tenure at the Beverly Hills courthouse was also fraught with controversy. Lawyers trying cases in her courtroom often criticized her interaction with the jurors as being unprofessional. A Los Angeles Daily Journal article stated in 1999 that Stein was under inves- tigation for allegedly sleeping on the bench and for transferring an inordinate amount of cases out of her courtroom. I remember being listed for an interview with one of the partners of a prestigious law firm. As soon as I walked in, the partner said, 'don't waste your time, don't waste my time. We are not hiring women. -- Judge Judy Stem Court officials report that if a judge resigns early, it will put a stop to an inves- tigation. Officials claim that was the reason for Stein's early resignation. It is rumored that her lawyers made a deal for her to resign early. Undisclosed sources in the article had mentioned that the 1993 and 1998 annual reports from the Commission on Judicial Performance each had a para- graph referring to Sin's misconduct although she was unnamed in the reports. "No, it's not true. Newspapers have been known to make up things," said Stein in response to the accusations. "I have no idea why they would do that." Renew gour fictitious business statement at the lowest cost! The Culver Citg flatus offers fictitious business statements for as low as $601 for forms and information, call or visit.our branch office at the 6euerlg Hills IUeeklg: 140 S. 6euerlg Driue, Suite 201 In between lUilshire and L'hadeuille 8euerlg Hills, Cfl 90212 310.887-0788 Blake cl or mmeg order ijaide to the "Coastal Conummitg flewspaper'. The Cuir City  is adjudted for the Countg of Los flngeles, pursuant to Case 3154529 on march 24,1980. THE WOMAN WITH A GAVEL WAVES GOOD-BYE The constant barrage of recent bad press has made Stein media wary and she was quick to repeat that she didn't give interviews. However, after some persis- tent persuasion, she finally admitted to a side of herself that wasn't often seen. "Too bad my gavel has been taken home," said Stein as she placed some papers into a box. "I didn't want to forget that." As one of the first few female lawyers to graduate from law school in 1961, Stein recalled an interview she was supposed to attend. "I remember being listed for an interview with one of the partners of a presti- gious law firm," said Stein. "As soon as I walked in, the partner said, 'don't waste your time, don't waste my time. We are not hiring women." The memo- des of her first few experiences brought a laugh to Stein. "I don't like dwelling on them. Life is always a challenge," she said. Just then a bailiff walked into the room and gave Stein a quick hug." Come back and see us, we'll miss you," said teary-eyed, 21-year veteran bailiff Selina Norwood. As the chamber filled with people and the long corridor filled with echoes of goodbye, Stein knew within herself that tomorrow wasn't the first day of retire- ment. It was simply the first day of her new life. II DO YOU THINK CRIMINAL CASES SHOULD BE HEARD IN THE BEVERLY HILLS COURTHOUSE? Send us an e-mail at editor@bhweekly.com Last week's Cover Story indicated that Barry Brucker previously served as President of Temp/e Emanue/. /17 fact, he was president of Temp/e N'Vay Sha/om. Arts technicolor dreamcoat by Tim Ric; l Andrew Lloyd Webber Adults : $13.00 Students $8:00 Matinee $6.00 K! April 5, 2000  2:00pm April 6, 7, 8, 2000 eo 7:30pro tror Ticket Orders Call 31ed.551 SIOO ext,8459 PetPr$ Auditorilm 241  Htrrt Dr,''*, Rvrl" t, li|ls I (Tzlifetria March 30 - April 5, 2000 9