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|Superior Court of Los Angeles County, California|
In March 2011, Giss was publicly admonished by the Commission on Judicial Performance for a remark made off-the-record in July 2010. In a conversation with lawyers, the judge was discussing the possibility of a plea agreement when he referenced the Ku Klux Klan. Giss contends that it was a "bad statement" and was meant in a joking manner.
"The Commission found that Judge Giss should have known that his insensitive courtroom reference to a history of violence towards persons of the defendants’ ancestry, whether intended to make a valid point regarding his role as a judge or in jest, was offensive and inappropriate. The judge’s remark constituted a failure to refrain from speech that would reasonably be perceived as bias or prejudice, in violation of canon 3B(5) of the Code of Judicial Ethics, a failure to be patient, dignified and courteous, in violation of canon 3B(4), and a failure to avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety, and to act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the judiciary, in violation of canon 2." 
He was eventually recused from the case.