Michigan Supreme Court rules to remove Inkster Judge Sylvia James from bench

Judge Sylvia James misused public money; Supreme Court rules to remove her from bench

Published On: Jul 31 2012 04:52:54 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 31 2012 05:16:02 PM EDT
DETROIT -

The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled to remove Inkster Judge Sylvia James from her bench.

James already had been suspended from the bench for misusing public money. She was fighting to keep her position until the Court's ruling came Tuesday.

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She is in trouble for misusing $131,000 that was supposed to be restitution for crime victims. Most of the money went to community charities of her choice.

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Her lawyer argued other judges have done the same and only received brief suspensions or reprimands, not removal from office.

James was actively campaigning for her reelection despite the legal trouble she has been in.