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Ex-Judge Suspended After Pot Bust

Posted Dec 10, 2008 11:28 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A former family court judge in Vermont has been suspended from law practice for three months as a result of a pot bust at her home.

Officials found more than two pounds of marijuana at the Windsor home of part-time Judge Martha Davis last year, the Rutland Herald reports. The Vermont Professional Responsibility Board ordered the suspension and an additional one year of probation.

Davis said she smoked marijuana to relieve the pain of migraine headaches and another painful physical condition, according to the Rutland Herald story. Game wardens found the pot after Davis called them to her home to investigate the smell of a dead deer.

Davis was removed from her judicial position after news of the arrest became public. Charges were dismissed after her successful participation in a court diversion program, the story says.

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