Thursday, April 17, 2008

Probate Judge Misconduct

A Plymouth County probate and family court judge has apologized and resigned in exchange for having judicial misconduct charges dropped.

Judge Michael Livingstone has agreed to begin a 40-day leave today and retire from the bench on June 12 under the deal with the Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct.

He also agreed to waive his right to a public hearing and acknowledged running a real estate business and collecting fees as an attorney while serving on the bench, in violation of judicial conduct rules.

Plymouth probate judge resigns following misconduct charges

It was previously reported that it is only the fifth time the commission has brought charges against a judge in the last 20 years.

See also:
Plymouth judge accused of breaking rules of conduct

Commission files misconduct charges against probate judge

Probate Judge apologizes, agrees to retire

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