DETROIT -

The Judicial Tenure Commission has begun formal proceedings against Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Marrow on allegations of misconduct.

The proceedings follow a formal complaint that lays out 26 allegations of misconduct by Morrow in 10 cases -- including failing to sentence defendants to the required terms and not putting his rulings in writing.

READ: Formal complaint against Judge Bruce Morrow

Morrow has 14 days to file an answer to the formal complaint.

The Commission has also petitioned the Supreme Court for the appointment of a "master," usually a retired judge, who will preside over a public hearing.

At that hearing, the parties will have an opportunity to introduce evidence and examine and cross examine witnesses.

Following the completion of the hearing, the master will provide the Commission with a report containing findings of fact with respect to the allegations in the formal complaint. The parties will have an opportunity to present their views on the report to the Commission through briefing and oral argument. If the Commission determines that the charges are proved by a preponderance of the evidence, the Commission may recommend that the Supreme Court discipline Morrow.

That discipline can range from public censure, suspension, or removal from office.

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