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Judge Accused of Fixing Family Tickets Sentenced

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - The Jackson County judge accused of fixing tickets for his wife and employees of his courtroom was sentenced Wednesday.

Ingham County Judge William Collette, ordered James Justin to serve 18 months probation, complete 75 hours of community service and pay $2,000 in fines. Judge Collette presided over the case after all other Jackson County Judges had recused themselves.

Last month Justin pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty; he was originally charged with felony misconduct. The Michigan Supreme Court removed Justin from the bench in January of last year, charging him with misconduct that included fixing tickets.
      
Justin's attorney, Al Brandt, told the court this is a disappointing ending to a 30 plus year career for a man who devoted his life to helping those in need.

Justin didn't have much to say, but did apologize to the community.

He could still lose his license to practice law.

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