Inquiry Dropped in Sexual Charge Against Judge

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has closed the books on its inquiry into a waitress’s claim that San Pedro Municipal Judge David M. Kennick offered to dismiss drunk-driving charges against her in exchange for sexual favors.

“We are not going to initiate an investigation,” said Deputy Dist. Atty. Stephen A. Sowders, head of the special investigations division. “We shall take no action.”

On May 13, Sowders said his office was reviewing the allegation made by Mary Davis of Lomita to determine whether to proceed with a full-scale inquiry.

Sowders said his office has received no additional information since Davis, 45, and her attorney told reporters just before her trial that the judge had propositioned her after she was arrested in February, 1985.

Davis was convicted last week of driving under the influence and having a blood alcohol level of .10% or more.


“They filed no written affidavit, the charge was not presented under oath, and no one has contacted us,” Sowders said in explaining the decision.

Kennick, 48, who is being challenged in Tuesday’s election, could not be reached for comment.