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Former Jackson judge pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges

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A former Jackson County district judge has pleaded guilty to four counts of willful neglect of duty. The charges are misdemeanors.

The Michigan Supreme Court removed Judge James Justin from the bench a year ago. Justin was suspended in 2010 due to allegations of misconduct.

Justin was accused of fixing speeding and other traffic tickets issued to his wife and his court officers.

Justin faced four felony counts of misconduct and could have faced prison time if convicted. His trial started Monday and was expected to go to the jury today. But Justin pleaded to the lesser misdemeanor charges instead.

By pleading to misdemeanor charges, Justin will likely only face a fine.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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