Commission suspends judge accused of ethics violations
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Judicial Conduct Commission has suspended a Kentucky judge who is accused of ethics violations.
News outlets report the commission issued an order Monday that said Circuit Judge Beth Lewis Maze will be suspended with pay until the ethics case is resolved. She hears cases in Rowan, Bath, Montgomery and Menifee counties.
The commission has accused Maze of signing orders to have her ex-husband drug tested after he was arrested in 2017 on charges including drug possession. Maze has said no other judges were available and that she would have signed the papers for anyone. She has denied seeking favorable treatment for her ex-husband.
It was not clear how long Maze will be off the bench. No date has been set for a hearing on the ethics violations.