Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/04/2013 08:19:33 PM PST

San Bernardino Seal

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/04/2013 08:19:33 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Councilman John Valdivia wrote a letter of “character witness” in a child custody case stamped with the city seal, which at minimum violates city codes.

Valdivia sent copies of the same letter to family law judges Raymond Haight III on Oct. 29 and Duke Rouse on Jan. 22.

“Without equivocation, (the man) is a fine example of being a father and I wholeheartedly agree that he is a man of integrity, character and committed caregiver,” Valdivia concludes, reflecting the five-paragraph letter’s general tone.

The letter and a faxed copy of it were received but not read, Rouse wrote in response.

“Both the (fax) and original versions are unauthorized ex-parte communications with the court which are not appropriate attempts to contact a judicial officer,” Rouse wrote to Valdivia. “Please do not forward additional correspondence regarding this case.”

Valdivia declined to comment.

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