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Fri January 27, 2012
Jackson judge removed for misconduct
The Michigan Supreme Court has removed a Jackson judge from the bench for misconduct, which included dismissing his own traffic tickets.
District Judge James Justin has been on suspension with pay since July of 2010. The judge had been under investigation for ‘fixing’ numerous traffic tickets issued to himself, his wife and members of his staff.
Judge Justin was also accused of dismissing cases without conducting court hearings. The Judicial Tenure Commission recommended last fall to remove Justin.
In its order removing Justin from the bench, the Michigan Supreme Court found the judge routinely “failed to follow the law, apparently believing that it simply did not apply to him.”
The judge’s attorney admits his client did wrong, but added that he deserved only an unpaid suspension. Justin has been on the bench since 1976.