Judge retires after he is accused of appointing his son to more than 200 indigent cases

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An Alabama judge has retired following the filing of a judicial misconduct complaint that alleged he appointed his attorney son to more than 200 indigent defense cases.

Judge Kim Chaney of Cullman County retired on Feb. 15, according to reports by the Cullman Times and AL.com. He was a judge for 27 years.

The Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission filed a complaint on Feb. 7 alleging Chaney appointed his son to the cases from August 2015 to July 2017. The son was paid about $105,000 for the work, the complaint said.

The commission also alleged that Chaney took judicial action in some of his son’s cases. The action included hearing motions, entering orders and granting fee declarations, according to the commission.

Chaney was a member of the Judicial Inquiry Commission from 2012 to April 2016.

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