Judge SUSPENDED – Supreme Court Decides!

Unethical Judge Suspended by State Supreme Court

Unethical Judge Suspended by State Supreme Court

(UnitedVoice.com) – When a judge enters a courtroom, they face the task of upholding the law and representing the state. For obvious reasons, each person holding the position must meet minimum levels of professionalism. Yet, it seems one judge on the Cleveland Municipal bench either didn’t receive or understand the message. Now, the Ohio Supreme Court has taken action against her.

Allegations of Unethical Conduct

On Tuesday, October 18, the state Supreme Court voted 5-2 to suspend Judge Pinkey S. Carr’s law license indefinitely. The move disqualifies her from serving as a judge in Ohio. The decision came after a number of wild accusations against her came to light.

According to the ruling, Carr violated the court’s dress code for appropriate attire. The judge regularly arrived at work dressed as though she were at home. Courthouse observers often saw her wearing spandex shorts, sneakers, graphic t-shirts with images and slogans, and even tank tops.

Carr also stood accused of falsifying journal entries, claiming she held hearings to determine where a defendant stood financially to see if they could pay costs, such as fines. She falsified entries by claiming prosecutors amended charges when they didn’t. The Supreme Court claimed the judge “essentially creat[ed] a modern-day debtors’ prison” by using jail to force people to pay fines tied to their bonds.

Carr violated ethics laws by holding hearings without a prosecutor present. On one of those occasions, she stated, “The prosecutor’s not here. Let’s see how much we can get away with.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the court system shut down. Judges rescheduled pending cases — except in Carr’s courtroom. The magistrate forgot to reschedule her cases and issued arrest warrants for defendants who couldn’t attend the hearings because the building was literally not open for business. She set bonds for those defendants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. In one instance, when the building wasn’t shut down but she wasn’t supposed to be holding hearings, she waived a defendant’s costs and fees for being “brave enough” to attend court during the deadly outbreak.

The judge also joked that she would accept kickbacks in exchange for light sentences if the defendants changed her carpeting, gave her storage space, or purchased food for her. In multiple conversations with defendants, she discussed “P-Valley,” a show about a fictional strip club. Carr even went so far as to refer to her bailiff using one of the characters’ names.

Carr agreed to undergo evaluations for her physical and mental health.

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