JTC recommends suspension without pay for 36th District judge

The Judicial Tenure Commission has recommended a 21-day suspension without pay for 36th District Court Judge Brenda Sanders.

The JTC determined that Sanders violated the state constitution when, shortly after being elected judge on Nov. 4, 2008, she filed to run in the special Feb. 24, 2009 Detroit mayoral primary.

Article 6, section 21 of the Michigan Constitution provides that a judge is ineligible for elected office, other than another judicial office, while a judge and for one year after leaving office.

The JTC also found that Sanders violated the Michigan Code of Judicial Conduct by acting as her own campaign treasurer during her mayoral candidacy.

The JTC’s “Decision And Recommendation” is available here.

The Michigan Supreme Court will have the final say on the matter.

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