Asleep on the job: Worker calls for ALRB’s snoozing Judge Soble to get the boot

Snoozer Judge: ALRB's Mark Soble, typically disheveled, likes to nap while witnesses testify before his court.

Snoozer Judge: ALRB’s Mark Soble, likes to nap while witnesses testify before his admin court.

ALRB’s administrative law judge is so inept that he falls asleep during hearings on which he renders judgments.

A prominent San Joaquin Valley farmworker organizer has called for ALRB Judge Mark Soble to be disqualified because he uses hearings as times to take a catnap.

Silvia Lopez has petitioned the ALRB to disqualify Soble from an upcoming hearing “because of his inability to stay awake during the six month trial that ended in March 2015.”

At least 5 attorneys submitted sworn affidavits as witnesses to Judge Soble taking naps while on the bench hearing cases.

Lopez “put the ALRB on notice of the ALJ’s ability to stay awake during the hearing as part of her exceptions she filed with the ALRB. As part of her exceptions Ms. Lopez expressed her frustration with Administrative Law Judge’s inability to remain awake during the hearing, a violation of the workers’ right to a fair hearing,” according to a news release from her attorney, Anthony Raimondo.

“The ALRB has not only ignored Ms. Lopez’s concerns about the judge’s inability to stay awake, but now has assigned that very same judge to preside over new proceedings affecting Gerawan employees, hearings that the ALRB planned to pursue without notice to the workers,” Raimondo said.

“Ms. Lopez is demanding the immediate disqualification of Administrative Law Judge Mark Soble from further proceedings that affect the Gerawan employees, and an evaluation of his fitness for duty as a judicial officer.”

Full text of the March 14 news release

Download: ALJ Disqualification Press Release (00046504xD848D)

Farm Worker Wants Labor Board Administrative Law Judge Disqualified for Sleeping During the Hearing

“FRESNO, California – Farm worker Silvia Lopez petitioned the Agricultural Labor Relations Board yesterday to disqualify Administrative Law Judge Mark Soble from the upcoming hearing because of his inability to stay awake during the six month trial that ended in March 2015. Silvia Lopez, a San Joaquin Valley farm worker, put the ALRB on notice of the ALJ’s ability to stay awake during the hearing as part of her exceptions she filed with the ALRB. As part of her exceptions Ms. Lopez expressed her frustration with Administrative Law Judge’s inability to remain awake during the hearing, a violation of the workers’ right to a fair hearing.

“The ALRB has not only ignored Ms. Lopez’s concerns about the judge’s inability to stay awake, but now has assigned that very same judge to preside over new proceedings affecting Gerawan employees, hearings that the ALRB planned to pursue without notice to the workers. Ms. Lopez is demanding the immediate disqualification of Administrative Law Judge Mark Soble from further proceedings that affect the Gerawan employees, and an evaluation of his fitness for duty as a judicial officer.

“At least five attorneys have submitted sworn affidavits affirming that the judge appeared to be sleeping during the trial farm workers are entitled to competent judicial officers who are capable of remaining conscious for the duration of a hearing, and are entitled to a fair hearing of the issues that affect their rights.”

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