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Ex-judge’s guilty plea ends trial over traffic ticket dismissals

Posted Feb 5, 2013 5:31 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A former Michigan judge took a misdemeanor plea after the prosecution rested its case in a felony trial over tickets he admittedly dismissed for his wife and court personnel.

James Justin was removed from the Jackson County District Court bench a little over a year ago. the Jackson Citizen-Patriot reports. An earlier Citizen Patriot article provides more details about the trial.

“Tickets get dismissed all the time, every district court,” said his lawyer, Alfred Brandt, contending that the practice continues but "now will be done with more dotting the I's and crossing the T's."

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Ticket-Fixing, Disrobed Mich. Judge Now Faces Criminal Charges"

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