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Detroit-area judge suspended 60 days by court

June 24, 2014
Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has suspended a Detroit-area judge for 60 days for misconduct.

Bruce Morrow's suspension is 30 days shorter than the recommendation from the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission. In a 5-2 decision, the court says a lighter punishment was appropriate because he didn't personally benefit from the misconduct.

Morrow was accused of unusual conduct in certain criminal cases. In one matter, he escorted a criminal from a lockup and sentenced him without any deputies present. In another case, he refused to send a convict to jail to await sentencing in a sexual assault case, despite a law requiring it.

Morrow says he acted in "good faith and due diligence."

Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. was in favor of a 90-day suspension. Justice Michael Cavanagh preferred a reprimand.

 
 

 

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