MASON - A former Jackson County judge is sentenced to probation and a fine after pleading guilty to four misdemeanors related to ticket fixing. James Justin was sentenced to 18 months probation Wednesday afternoon. He was also ordered to pay $2,000 in fines and court costs, and do 75 hours of community service. In February, while his trial was going on, Justin decided to plead guilty to 4 misdemeanor charges of willful neglect of duty. That was a reduction from the four felony counts of misconduct of office.
Justin dismissed four traffic tickets for his wife am members of his staff from 2006 to 2010. Justin's trial was held in Jackson, but Ingham County Circuit Court Judge William Collette conducted the trial. Justin's sentencing was held at Judge Collette's court in Mason Wednesday.