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Monday, January 22, 2007

N.C. panel resumes its misconduct hearing

Judge faces charges from actions in court in Stokes and Surry

By James Romoser
Winston-Salem Journal
Friday, January 19, 2007


Testimony resumed yesterday in a hearing about a judge in Stokes and Surry counties who is accused of judicial misconduct.

The N.C. Judicial Standards Commission is investigating various complaints against Judge Mark Badgett of District Court. The accusations include charges that he mistreated people in the courtroom and that he failed to disclose a business relationship with Clark Dummit, a lawyer in Winston-Salem who sometimes represented clients in cases over which Badgett presided.

Last year, prosecutors in Stokes and Surry counties complained to the judicial commission that Badgett appeared to give preferential treatment to Dummit in certain cases.

The special counsel in the case against Badgett called several witnesses yesterday who agreed with the charges.


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