OAKLAND -- An Alameda County Superior Court judge charged last year with a dozen felonies for stealing more than $1 million from his 97-year-old widowed neighbor had 20 new counts added to his criminal complaint Friday.
All but two of those new criminal counts, however, are based on the same set of facts discovered last year when Judge Paul David Seeman was removed from his courtroom at the Wiley E. Manuel Courthouse, handcuffed and then arrested in his chambers.
Seeman is accused of stealing from his now-deceased Berkeley neighbor Anne Nutting by illegally gaining control of her finances and property after her husband died in 2009. While in control of her finances, Seeman is accused of slowly funneling her life savings and valuable possessions into his control.
The new charges filed against Seeman on Friday by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office are not based on new information but instead were filed in a more specific manner as they address various actions Seeman took over a roughly 13-year period during which he is accused of taking Nutting's money.
Only two of the 20 new charges are based on information gathered after Seeman was arrested last year. Those charges are based on financial disclosure reports Seeman filed in March and April 2012.
Teresa Drenick, spokeswoman for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, had no comment on the new charges.
Seeman's attorney, Laurel Headley, declined to
Seeman, 58, who was appointed to the Alameda County bench in 2009 by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, has not been officially removed from his job and continues to collect a paycheck. Seeman, however, has not been presiding over cases since he was arrested and charged with a crime.
Because Seeman is a constitutional officer, he can only be removed from the bench through either a recall, impeachment or by the independent state Commission on Judicial Performance.
The commission has yet to take action against Seeman and no citizen or elected official has asked for a recall or impeachment of the judge.
Seeman is expected to return to court next month for another hearing on his case.