Kentucky judge agrees to 2-week suspension without pay

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky judge has been suspended for allowing a woman to be jailed for two months without setting bond or holding a hearing on the charge.
 
The state's Judicial Conduct Commission says Judge Vernon Miniard Jr. agreed to the two-week suspension without pay.
 
He'll serve the suspension in December. Miniard is chief circuit judge for a district spanning Russell and Wayne counties.
 
The commission says Miniard violated judicial canons by allowing Christy Cooper-Stinson to be incarcerated more than two months without setting bond or holding a hearing on her contempt charge.
 
The judge said Tuesday he won't make excuses, adding: "You get busy and sometimes things slip by you."
 
Miniard issued the arrest warrant when authorities believed Cooper-Stinson was evading efforts to serve her a subpoena in a drug case.
 

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