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Tue June 12, 2012
Panel: Oust Inkster judge for misusing court money
INKSTER, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission says a Detroit-area judge should lose her job and repay $81,000 for putting public money to personal and other improper uses.
The commission announced its recommendation Tuesday after hearings on the conduct of Inkster District Judge Sylvia James.
Investigators say James misspent at least $100,000, either for her personal use or for community projects unrelated to the court.
The commission has sent its findings to the Michigan Supreme Court, which holds oral arguments on the case July 25 in Lansing.
James has denied any wrongdoing, and her lawyer Sharon McPhail says James is a "hardworking judge."