By James Romoser
Saturday, January 20, 2007
A District Court judge in Stokes and Surry counties who is accused of judicial misconduct denied the charges in a court hearing yesterday, but he acknowledged instances in which he should have acted differently.
Judge Mark Badgett is accused of intimidating people in his courtroom and showing favoritism toward an attorney with whom he had a business relationship. In a hearing before the N.C. Judicial Standards Commission, Badgett testified for the first time.
He denied that he gave any preferential treatment to Clark Dummit, an attorney who rented office space in King from Badgett.