She's Outta Here! Supreme Court Finds Inkster Judge Sylvia James Unfit
She's outta here.
The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Inkster Chief Judge Sylvia James is unfit to serve and removed her from the bench, WXYZ reported.
In a written opinion, the Supreme Court ruled that James misused public funds intended for crime victims in Inkster and used them as if they were her own personal fund for travel and to promote herself.
She could return to the bench. WXZY reports that she's running for re-election and could be back on the bench in January if she wins.
She was the sole judge of Inkster's 22nd District Court. She had been suspended with pay last October after misconduct charges were filed by the Judicial Tenure Commission.
The Detroit News reported:
The justices, in a 16-page opinion released Tuesday, said the most serious of the charges involved the misappropriation and abuse of community service funds — money collected by the court from defendants as alternatives to incarceration. The first 50 percent of the funds collected were supposed to go to crime victims.
James, however "expended monies intended for crime-victim restitution and for additional legislative mandated priorities to other sources in a manner that she alone controlled," the opinion reads.