Sunday, November 7, 2010 – 1:45 p.m.

San Bernardino County appears to be judge shopping in a lawsuit filed against it and District Attorney Mike Ramos by former employee Cheryl Ristow.

Ristow has sued the county and Ramos, claiming she was retaliated against by Ramos for refusing to keep secret and affair between her and the two-term DA, when knowledge of their relationship went public in May 2009.

During an ex-parte hearing on November 3, Superior Court Judge Janet Frangie recused herself, upon a peremptory challenge by the county.

Frangie isn’t anointed from the local home grown attorney crop, but instead is from Los Angeles County. Therefore, the county’s legal minds are less trustful of Frangie to see things their way.

The challenge comes with less than one month before the county’s motion to dismiss is ruled upon.

The case now goes to Supervising Judge Donald Alvarez for reassignment.