Pa. Judge Who Fixed Own Tickets Allowed to Return

Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013  |  Updated 8:09 PM EDT
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Judge Who Fixed Own Tickets Allowed to Return

Judge Kelly Ballentine admitted to fixing her own parking tickets.

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A central Pennsylvania judge suspended and fined for fixing her own parking tickets will be allowed to resume her seat on the bench.

The (Lancaster) Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era says an order from the state Court of Judicial Discipline allows Kelly Ballentine to return to magisterial district court but says she will be on probation through December of next year.

Ballentine pleaded guilty in February in Lancaster County Court to three counts of tampering with public in connection with three parking tickets in December 2010 and January 2011.  She denied any intent to defraud the county.

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Prosecutors dropped six other charges and reduced the tampering counts from felonies to misdemeanors.

The state Board of Judicial Conduct had petitioned for the disbarment of Ballentine, who was fined $1,500.

 


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