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West Virginia judge suspended for code of conduct violations

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A West Virginia judge has been suspended for 45 days without pay for violations in two cases in which the defendants died.

According to The Charleston Gazette-Mail, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled this week to suspend Kanawha County Magistrate Jack Pauley.

The court also censured Pauley for violations of the Judicial Code of Conduct.

Pauley accepted the charges during a November hearing, saying he was trying to keep cases moving in the magistrate court system.

Pauley first was elected as a magistrate in 1992.

His attorney, William Forbes, said in November that Pauley had never been hit with any rules violations prior to the charges.

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