WOODLAND, Calif.—A former Northern California prosecutor is facing ethics charges over statements his campaign made about a rival for superior court judge.

California State Bar attorneys filed the charges against former Yolo County Deputy District Attorney Clint Parish on Tuesday, saying Parish knowingly misrepresented his rival for Yolo Superior Court judge, Dan Maguire, and used false and deceptive campaign materials.

Mailers Parish sent out last May sought to connect Maguire to corporate bribery and a controversial prison sentence commutation.

Maguire, already a sitting Superior Court judge, won the election.

Parish declined comment to the Sacramento Bee ( http://bit.ly/Z32dJe), which reports that such disciplinary actions by the State Bar are rare. The newspaper says Parish fired the person who created the mailers and has said he did not verify the claims.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com