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on most of the allegations made by the Judicial Tenure Commission. It’s been more than a year now since Action news investigator Bill Proctor began looking at misconduct allegations that lead to the charges. Bill, what’s the decision? (proctor) this 48 page document released just moments ago by the Judicial Tenure Commission lays out the findings of fact….what the judge in this case determined were the acts of a failed Chief Judge, a person that made her own rules instead of following them Track/ the special master, retired Judge Ann Mattson heard the JTC’s case against Judge James in a six week long hearing….and today has concluded… 1…..that James did misappropriate Community Service Funds. “ Respondent clearly assessed CSP defendants excessive oversight fees which financed not only legitimate CSP operational costs, but also thousands of dollars of improper expenditures each year for donations, contributions and travel expenses. Respondent testified that she was not required to report the CSP account balance to the funding authority at the end of the fiscal year, and that residual funds could be carried over in a segregated account. “
SCAO auditor Charlene McLemore testified that Community Service Program oversight fees should be reported or transmitted to the funding unit unless there is a prior agreement that the Court can maintain those funds for operating costs. The facts show there was no such agreement. 2…..that James did engage in improper banking and revenue practices….for example, the finding concludes that in August of 2010, during an ongoing dispute over bill payments with Inkster city government, James “ began withholding funds that would normally have been transmitted to the City…. And did so for months.” Court rules set dates for when money should be transferred….that James ignored. 3.……that James did implement and maintain an improper business attire policy… 4…….That James made…misrepresentations to the Judicial Tenure Commission: for example, that she lied about pocketing court funds that she claimed were used for travel expenses. (proctor tag) Tonight on action news, we’ll provide more details on the masters findings in the case against Judge Sylvia James. And you’ll find the entire 48 page document on wxyz.com