Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Diana Hall faces possible charges of felony perjury and misdemeanor laundering campaign finance money according to a search warrant affidavit filed this week.
Hall allegedly received a $20,000 contribution from her then-lover Deidra Dykeman for her re-election campaign in 2002. Hall did not report the money to her campaign accountant, Paul Moe, because she did not want the public to know of her relationship with Dykeman.
The investigation was launched in late September after Hall was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol following a heated argument with Dykeman in their Santa Ynez home.
The search warrant revealed that $20,000 was transferred from Dykeman’s personal bank account into Hall’s personal account at Vandenberg Federal Credit Union, then to Hall’s campaign account at Mid-State Bank in Santa Maria, then finally to the financial institution that holds the mortgage on Hall’s home.
The district attorney’s office is expected to decide within a month whether to file charges or continue the investigation. If convicted, Hall would face a paid suspension or possible removal from office.