Supreme Court takes up Inkster judge's misconduct case

Judge Sylvia James in court Wednesday for misconduct

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LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether to remove a Detroit-area judge from her job.

Inkster District Judge Sylvia James is accused of turning a community service fund into her own private foundation, among other faults. The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission wants her out of office.

The Supreme Court plans to hear arguments Wednesday.

James, a judge since 1988, says she didn't take any court funds for personal benefit but used the money to help Inkster. She says a reprimand is enough. James has been off the bench, with pay, for more than a year.

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