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Bank sues judge over boat payments

Even a federal judge can wind up having problems with lenders and banks these days.

A small Northern California community bank this week sued U.S. District Judge James Ware in Santa Clara County Superior Court, accusing him of failing to make payments on an $80,000 boat he purchased nine years ago. The lawsuit, filed by Butte Community Bank, alleges that Ware owes more than $58,000 - and the bank is seeking a court order to seize the boat.

So now the veteran federal judge finds himself facing the prospect of being a civil defendant in a courtroom instead of running one.

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