Legal Ethics

Judge accused of signing her own lawyer's name on divorce filing fights suspension recommendation


A Michigan family court judge accused of signing her own lawyer’s name, without permission, on a personal divorce filing and lying under oath is fighting a recommendation by the state Judicial Tenure Commission that she be suspended for 180 days.

The divorce case for Wayne County Circuit Judge Deborah Ross Adams was handled in neighboring Oakland County, so she is not accused of any wrongdoing within her own jurisdiction. However, Adams is accused of sending material to her ex-husband’s attorney, William M. Brukoff, that purportedly came from her attorney, Andra Dudley, and is accused of filing a motion in Dudley’s name, according to CBS Detroit, the Michigan Chronicle and MLive.com.

The Michigan Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments in the case Thursday.

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