HUDSONVILLE, Mich. -

A western Michigan judge has been suspended for 30 days without pay for sending a lawyer to jail for contempt of court.

The Michigan Supreme Court says Kenneth Post's punishment will begin in three weeks. He's been a District Court judge in Hudsonville in Ottawa County since 1980.

READ: Court order for Kenneth Post

Post got in hot water for sending Scott Millard to jail in 2011 after the attorney advised a client not to answer questions in court about possible drug use. Millard was objecting on self-incrimination grounds.

Post found him in contempt. Deputies handcuffed Millard and took him to jail. Another judge released him that same day.

The Supreme Court says Post's conduct was "irresponsible" and tarnished the integrity of the judiciary.

The judge's attorney had no immediate comment Wednesday.

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