Commission Wants District Court Judge James Suspended

Michigan Judicial Tenure Conducts Investigation Into Questionable Actions

Published On: Nov 02 2011 09:19:08 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 27 2011 06:14:47 AM EDT
INKSTER, Mich. -

The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission filed a petition Thursday asking to suspend Judge Sylvia James immediately.

James, who is currently on administrative leave, is a judge with the 22nd District Court in Inkster.

The petition obtained by Local 4 claims James withheld money from the Community Service Program's checking account and used funds improperly.

READ:Formal Complaint Filed Against Hon. Sylvia JamesREAD: Petition For Suspension Against Hon. Sylvia James

The CSP is funded through fees and costs imposed on individuals convicted on non-violent crimes and ordered to perform community service as part of their sentence.

Other claims include:

James' attorney, Sharon McPhail, said she and her client are fighting the allegations and complaint. McPhail said James was overworked and dealing with the city's own mismanagement of funds.