Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Favor Leads To Suspension

A Magistrate who set bond for a police officer's friend was suspended from his judicial duties for six months. The officer wanted the friend released to go to work the next morning. the magistrate's court was not open and he was not the magistrate on call; nor did he make any effort to ascertain the properly designated judicial officer responsible for setting bond or notify the chief magistrate of the special bond hearing. The victim, who wanted to be present, was also not notified. The South Carolina Supreme Court noted that he had a prior record of similar misconduct. (Mike Frisch)


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