Judge suspended again for actions in child custody case

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Fayette County Family Court Judge Kathy Stein of Lexington

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky judge has been suspended without pay for the second time for her actions in a child custody case.

Kathy Stein, a family court judge in Fayette County, was given a 30-day suspension Tuesday by the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission.

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The disciplinary panel says Stein was reprimanded for granting permanent custody without holding an evidentiary hearing and for not delaying the matter so the other party could have a lawyer present.
Stein’s attorney declined comment Tuesday.

Stein was suspended for seven days last September for violating judicial rules in a separate case in which she granted temporary custody to a father without a hearing or giving the mother a chance to respond. The father went to Mississippi with the youngster until a court ordered the child returned.