State Weighs Suspending Judge Over Death Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky judicial officials are moving to suspend a senior judge over allegations of misbehavior during two hearings, including an appeal from a death row inmate.

A hearing is set for Tuesday in Paducah for Senior Judge Martin McDonald before the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission.

The commission says McDonald had a stroke about 18 months ago which affects his ability to filter his remarks. In one of the cases cited by the commission, McDonald threatened to strangle an attorney for a death row inmate if the lawyer called the judge on his cellphone again.

The commission also noted that McDonald missed two informal judicial conferences.

McDonald's lawyer said the judge has completed his judicial service as of Friday and doesn't intend to return to hear any more case.

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