Tardy judge suspended 1 month
Detroit – — A Wayne County juvenile court judge has been suspended for a month for being tardy to work.
The suspension of Third Circuit Judge Sheila Gibson by the Michigan Supreme Court begins Oct. 8.
Gibson was suspended without pay Sept. 17 on a complaint by the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission about judicial misconduct in connection with her alleged tardiness.
“The commission finds that (Gibson) has committed judicial misconduct, violating the Code of Judicial Misconduct, creating the appearance of impropriety and breaching the standards of judicial conduct,” the commission wrote in its complaint about Gibson.
The commission filed its complaint against Gibson in 2012 after a broadcast news investigation by WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) that showed Gibson coming to work late the week of Oct. 14, 2012, and not going to the bench until 11 a.m. Attorneys, litigants and witnesses had been waiting for the judge since 9 a.m. in the courtroom, according to the report.
Gibson, according to the report, left the courthouse between 4 and 4:30 p.m. that week.
Brian Einhorn, Gibson’s attorney, told The Associated Press that Gibson was late for “family reasons.”