District Judge Avoids Removal, But Is Scolded by Supreme Court

District Judge Avoids Removal, But Is Scolded by Supreme Court

A divided Oklahoma Supreme Court disciplined an Oklahoma County district judge last Tuesday over her unpaid taxes and parking tickets, but stopped short of ordering a trial for her removal from the bench.  

The court ruled 5-4 to admonish District Judge Kendra Coleman and ordered her to attend mentoring sessions with a retired Supreme Court justice or experienced judge. Coleman, who was elected last year, also must file monthly reports with the Council on Judicial Complaints on her tax delinquencies.

“Judge Coleman’s neglect to pay over sixty parking tickets, and similar neglect to attend various county, state and federal tax obligations for several years, reflect adversely upon her judicial service, because such neglect raises a reasonable concern that she may likewise neglect her judicial duties,” Chief Justice Noma Gurich wrote in the majority opinion.  

 

 

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