Records show judge dismissed tickets against himself, wife

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) -- Court records show that a Jackson County judge who was suspended indefinitely in July by the Michigan Supreme Court dismissed nine traffic cases against himself and his wife.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot reported that records show that District 12 Judge James Justin had four parking tickets he received from 2002 to 2004 "dismissed after explanation" to himself.

The newspaper reports he also dismissed five traffic tickets received by his wife between 1999 and 2009. Court documents show that the nine tickets carried potential fines and costs of $751.

Justin's lawyer Dennis Kolenda says his client acknowledges that he was wrong but his actions warrant no more than a reprimand.

The Judicial Tenure Commission is investigating misconduct complaints.

Published: Tue, Sep 21, 2010