02 August 2013
Former Alameda County judge accused of elder abuse avoids prison
OAKLAND -- A former Alameda County Superior Court judge charged with 32 felonies for stealing the life savings of his elderly widowed neighbor agreed to a plea deal Thursday, allowing him to avoid prison time.
Paul Seeman, 58, pleaded no contest to one count of elder abuse and one count of perjury for stealing more than $1 million from his 97-year-old elderly neighbor by pretending he was caring for her estate.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley agreed to the deal, which, in addition to keeping Seeman free from prison, avoids a public airing of his crimes.
The deal was offered before Seeman faced a judge during a preliminary hearing or before he faced a jury in a criminal proceeding.
As part of the deal, Seeman loses his bar license and is prohibited from practicing law in California.
Earlier this year, Seeman agreed not to ever be a judge in the state.