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North Carolina judge suspended; officials decline comment

March 20, 2019

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — State judicial officials say a North Carolina judge has been suspended with pay, although no official reason has been given.

The News & Record of Greensboro reports Sharon Gladwell of the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts said in an email that Chief Justice Cheri Beasley ordered a temporary suspension of Guilford District Court Judge Mark Cummings.

A document addressed to Chief District Court Judge Tom Jarrell ordered that Cummings be relieved of existing and future assignments, and that those assignments should go to other judges, effective March 1.

Neither Jarrell nor Gladwell would comment on the suspension.

Cummings confirmed to the newspaper last October that he was under investigation for multiple complaints, including allegations that he changed bonds set by two Superior Court judges and called a patrolman racist.

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Information from: News & Record, http://www.news-record.com