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Judge Goes on Trial for Misconduct in Office


JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - It's a turn of the tables as Judge James Justin will go on trial in Jackson County, charged with four felony counts of misconduct in office.

It's been a year since Justin was charged, accused of dismissing tickets issued to his wife and two members of his court staff. He was put on paid leave in July 2010 and the Supreme Court removed him from the bench in January of 2012.

The jury heard testimony from four witnesses Monday. The defense attorney cross-examined them and then rested without calling any of his own.

Assistant Attorney General Greg Townsend said that Justin didn't have the authority to make the dismissal, but Justin's defense attorney said he had quite the opposite power.

The defense asked the judge to consider amending the charges to the point that he didn't get the proper authorities to sign off on dismissed tickets.

The judge is expected to make a decision by Tuesday, leaving it to jury deliberation.

Justin faces up to five years in prison for fixing the tickets.

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