Jefferson judge reprimanded for comments in court

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Jefferson district judge has been publicly reprimanded by the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission for making inappropriate comments in court.

The Courier-Journal reports ( the order issued on Monday says Judge Sandra McLaughlin’s comments from the bench brought her impartiality into question and violated the Code of Judicial Conduct.

The newspaper had earlier reported that McLaughlin has addressed numerous defendants at their arraignments as if they had already been found guilty.

The commission said McLaughlin cooperated in its investigation and had no prior infractions. She did not contest the order, which said she acknowledged the inappropriate comments.

Her lawyer, Brian Butler, said she is glad the process is over and "looks forward to moving forward and continuing to represent the people of Jefferson County."


Information from: The Courier-Journal,


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