STOCKTON -- A San Joaquin County Superior Court judge who was attacked by a murder suspect in her courtroom says she is too emotionally scarred to work and will retire from the bench.
Judge Cinda Fox said late last week that she repeatedly tried to return to work, but the March 4 attack by David Paradiso loomed too large.
Fox was presiding over Paradiso's murder trial when he left the witness stand and lunged at her with a handcrafted six-inch metal spike. A Lodi police detective shot and killed Paradiso.
Fox, 52, accused the sheriff's office of failing to provide adequate security, because it had been warned about Paradiso, 29.
Fox will receive 65 percent of her annual $178,789 judicial salary for disability.