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Putnam judge apologizes for conduct

Nov. 27, 2012 @ 05:07 PM

CHARLESTON (AP) — A Putnam County family court judge accused of misconduct has apologized and agreed to pay nearly $18,000 in costs.

William Watkins appeared before the state Judicial Hearing Board on Tuesday on charges filed by the state Judicial Investigation Commission.

Media outlets report Watkins admitted to charges that he delayed rulings, failed to enter domestic violence orders into the state’s tracking system and screamed and cursed at litigants.

Watkins and Judicial Counsel Rachael Fletcher Cipoletti agreed to proposed sanctions, including the costs of the investigation and court proceeding. A proposed 90-day suspension without pay would be stayed while he addresses deficiencies and undergoes counseling and judicial training.

The hearing board will make its recommendation to the state Supreme Court.