INKSTER (WXYZ) - Ex-Inkster Judge Sylvia James lost her bid for her old job, as two-thirds of voters selected Sabrina Johnson instead. Johnson is a former Wayne County assistant prosecutor, and has been appointed to the job weeks ago by Gov. Rick Snyder.
James had been booted from the bench months ago after a series of reports by 7 Action News Investigator Bill Proctor. Proctor's reports raised questions about how James was spending court money, which caused the Judicial Tenure Commission to step in. They concluded that James misspent hundreds of thousands of dollars in court money.
This summer, the State Supreme Court removed James from the bench, but ruled she was allowed to run in yesterday's election.
In political mailings, James complained that she had been "Proctorized” in Channel 7 reports. Last night, the voters had their say, and more than 6,500 Inkster residents voted James out and Johnson in.
James' campaign manager tells us that the ex-judge was traveling today and not available for comment, but may break her silence in the days to come. She still faces a fine ordered by the State Supreme Court, which could be as high as $80,000.
James faces more possible discipline. The State Attorney Grievance Commission is considering whether to take away her license to practice law. She has a hearing before the AGC December 3 rd.
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