Five years ago, William Wunderlich appeared to have it all. After a decade on the Sixth District Court of Appeal, the popular jurist and former president of the California Judges Association had landed his dream job: the federal magistrate post at Yosemite National Park. Presiding in the shadow of Yosemite Falls, he described it as one of the most sought-after judicial posts in the country.
This week he resigned from it, citing health reasons, in the wake of a mini-scandal involving a hangman's noose and an improper communication with U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger, who presides over the federal courts in the lower central valley. The Fresno Bee has details here. — Scott Graham
— Scott Graham