Rehearing Denied for Former Judge James Justin
A request by former Jackson County judge James Justin to have a rehearing of the case that removed him from the bench has been denied. The Michigan Supreme court issued a brief statement Wednesday saying they had considered the rehearing, but are denying it. The court also ordered Justin to by the Judicial Tenure Commission's bill of $7,657.86.
Justin was removed as judge in the Jackson County's 12th District Court in January. The Judicial Tenure Commission argued that Justin abused his power by dismissing traffic tickets against his friends, himself and his wife. The Commission also said Justin altered documents, lied under oath, and dismissed cases improperly.
Justin is currently charged with 5 criminal felonies related to these accusations.