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High court removes Pulaski Co. judge from bench

The Arkansas Supreme Court has ordered the removal of Pulaski County Circuit Judge Willard Proctor Jr. from the bench, finding he had an inappropriate relationship with some of his defendants.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Supreme Court has ordered the removal of Pulaski County Circuit Judge Willard Proctor Jr. from the bench, finding he had an inappropriate relationship with some of his defendants.

In a 64-page order issued Monday, the high court sided with the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, which sought Proctor's removal from the bench.

The court found that although Proctor had "good intentions" with his Cycle Breakers program for probationers, "good or true intentions do not absolve a judge of his or her ethical duties under the canons," said the court's opinion, written by Associate
Justice Paul Danielson.

Proctor didn't immediately return a call for comment left at his office Monday afternoon.


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