Jefferson County Circuit Judge suspended

Associated Press - 9/24/2010 8:09 AM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Court of the Judiciary has decided that Jefferson County Circuit Judge Dan King violated judicial ethics when he set aside a rape conviction of a man whom he had represented 15 years ago.

The court also found on Thursday that King broke ethics rules when he wrote an order that accused a fellow judge of succumbing to political pressure over electronic bingo.

Judge Michael C. Thompson, chief judge of the nine-member judiciary, said King will serve a 60-day suspension without pay and will be publicly censured by the Court of the Judiciary.

King will return to the bench in late November to serve out the remainder of his term that ends in January. King and his attorney, Larry Morris, declined to comment after the decision.


Information from: The Birmingham News,