Former Judge Sentenced to Probation & Community Service

By: News Ten
By: News Ten
Former Jackson County judge James Justin is sentenced to  18 months probation and 75 hours of community service for fixing traffic tickets his wife and staff members received.

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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.

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  • by Larry Hohol Location: Florida on Mar 16, 2013 at 02:08 PM
    There is only one thing worse than a crooked cop and that is a crooked Judge. Let me guess, if he is found guilty of a felony he loses his pension but anything less than a felony and he gets to keep his pension and his job. Bet me.
  • by Bill Location: St. Johns on Mar 15, 2013 at 10:13 AM
    Why is this person allowed to plead to lessor charges? When a person is allowed to assumed the position of a juror the should be held to a higher standard as they sit in judgement. This man is a disgrace to the office is once held and makes me trust the government even less then I already did and he should be in prison. He made a deal with his buddies and got off with a slap on the wrist.
  • by Bill Location: Mason on Mar 14, 2013 at 06:41 AM
    I wonder if the County Circuit Court Judge William Collette's back isn't sore and full of scratches from a "You scratch my back I will scratch Yours" kinda deal. Maybe the County Circuit Court Judge William Collette needs to get retrained on what a law holds when ANYONE violates it. I see this ruling as James Justin as corrupt and needs to be dealt with much more severe punishment. A law without enforcement is meaningless...atleast to the Judge good-ol-boy buddy system from what I see here.
  • by JOHN GARDNER Location: Lansing on Mar 13, 2013 at 07:23 PM
    Probation and a fine ?!?!For "fixing " tickets? The law is the law,and this man SWORE to uphold it!He broke his oath of office,and should be held to higher standards ! This is EXACTLY why people don't trust the judicial system,anymore !
  • by mike Location: lansing on Mar 13, 2013 at 03:21 PM
    Wow, didn't see that coming,Lol.
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