INKSTER, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Action News Investigators were the first to tell you about the questionable practices of Inkster's Chief Judge Sylvia James.
Our report led to the State Supreme Court taking a closer look at the 22nd District Court's finances with an audit.
That audit looked at how James handled the court's 2009 and 2010 finances and resulted in the high court putting the judge on paid administrative leave until further ordered. Placing a judge on leave is highly unusual, according to the State Supreme Court.
James's leave begins tomorrow, April 14. Retired Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Valdemar Washington has been appointed the interim chief judge for the court while a broader financial audit is conducted, which will include the court's finances dating back to 2006.
Judge James did not return calls for comment.
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