Inkster judge removed from bench for misconduct finishes 1st in primary election

Inkster District Judge Sylvia James finished 1st in primary count despite her removal from bench for misconduct

Published On: Aug 09 2012 02:31:02 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 08 2012 06:31:25 PM EDT
INKSTER, Mich. -

A suburban Detroit judge booted from the bench for financial misconduct has finished first in a primary election to fill the seat.

The Michigan Supreme Court removed Inkster District Judge Sylvia James on July 31, calling her unfit for office.

An investigation found that James turned a community service fund into her own private foundation, spending money to travel and to promote herself.

On Tuesday, primary participants gave her 814 votes, ahead of Sabrina Johnson with 615.

They will face off in November for a six-year term that begins Jan. 1st.

James has been off the court since April while the case against her proceeded.