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Inkster Judge investigated for spending after audit

Judge Sylvia James is on leave while being investigated by the State Supreme Court

The State Supreme Court began the investigation of Judge James after frequent charges of financial mismanagement by Inkster city officials.

The state supreme court is investigating Inkster’s chief judge. An audit found several unusual expenses were paid for with court money. Judge Sylvia James has been placed on paid administrative leave because she could not explain why court funds were used to pay for travel, clothing, and other expenses.  Retired judge Vladimir Washington will take Judge James’ place.

Marsha McBride is the State Supreme Court’s public information officer.

The interim chief judge, retired Judge Washington, he will have broad powers to look at whatever he thinks he needs to look at and he certainly has the resume for that. So, a lot of this will be up to him.

Court officials could not say how long their investigation will take.

Sarah Alvarez-Michigan Radio Newsroom