james justin http://michiganradio.org en Former Jackson judge pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges http://michiganradio.org/post/former-jackson-judge-pleads-guilty-misdemeanor-charges <p>A former Jackson County district judge has pleaded guilty to four counts of willful neglect of duty. The charges are misdemeanors.</p><p></p><p>The Michigan Supreme Court removed Judge James Justin from the bench a year ago. Justin was suspended in 2010 due to allegations of misconduct.</p><p></p><p>Justin was accused of fixing speeding and other traffic tickets issued to his wife and his court officers.</p><p></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 18:28:22 +0000 Steve Carmody 11099 at http://michiganradio.org Former Jackson judge pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges Jackson judge removed for misconduct http://michiganradio.org/post/jackson-judge-removed-misconduct <p>The Michigan Supreme Court has removed a Jackson judge from the bench for&nbsp;misconduct,&nbsp;which included dismissing his own traffic tickets.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.d12.com/county_courts/d12/judges/honorable_james_m_justin.asp">District Judge James Justin</a> has been on suspension with pay since July of 2010. The judge had been under investigation for &lsquo;fixing&rsquo; numerous traffic tickets issued to himself, his wife and members of his staff.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Judge Justin was also accused of dismissing cases without conducting court hearings.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2011/06/judicial_tenure_commission_rec.html">The Judicial Tenure Commission</a> recommended last fall to remove Justin.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>In its order removing Justin from the bench, the Michigan&nbsp;Supreme Court found the judge routinely &ldquo;failed to follow the law, apparently believing that it simply did not apply to him.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The judge&rsquo;s attorney admits his client did wrong, but added that he deserved only an unpaid suspension.&nbsp;&nbsp;Justin has been on the bench since 1976. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 19:46:23 +0000 Steve Carmody 5982 at http://michiganradio.org Jackson judge removed for misconduct