KY Supreme Court upholds judge's discipline

FRANKFORT, KY (AP) - The Kentucky Supreme Court has again upheld a reprimand and temporary suspension of a family court judge in central Kentucky.

Judge Tamra Gormley was given a 45-day suspension and public reprimand after the Judicial Conduct Commission ruled in November 2009 that she inappropriately handled two hearings in Scott and Woodford counties. The 14th Circuit also includes Bourbon County.

The Supreme Court upheld the suspension in August, and several months ago, Gormley asked the court to reconsider. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that the Supreme Court issued an order Jan. 20 affirming that Gormley acted in bad faith and engaged in a pattern of misconduct.

The newspaper said Gormley agreed earlier this month to a 10-day suspension without pay from the commission. The settlement involved a Woodford County custody case, from which Gormley said she failed to recuse herself after the Court of Appeals ruled it should be heard in Rowan County.

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