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Kentucky Judge Temporarily Suspended After Misconduct Accusations

Posted at 4:03 PM, Sep 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-25 06:58:49-04

(LEX 18) — After allegations of misconduct against a circuit court judge, the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission has temporarily suspended her from the bench.

The commission accused 21st Judicial Circuit Court Judge Beth Lewis Maze of forging names on officials documents and failing to acknowledge having done so during an investigation.

Those cases stem from accusations that Lewis Maze ordered her ex-husband, former Bath County Attorney Donald “Champ” Maze, to be drug tested even though she wasn’t assigned to his district court case.

Lewis Maze represents Bath, Menifee, Montgomery and Rowan counties.

The judge previously told LEX 18’s Leigh Searcy, who broke the story, that no other judges were available and that she would have signed documents for anyone.

One of Lewis Maze’s attornies, Jeffrey M. Walson, made a motion to withdraw as her counsel. That motion was granted.

In a notice from the commission, upon agreement from all parties, Lewis Maze has been suspended from acting in her official capacity as judge and from the performance of her duties without affecting her pay status, until final adjudication.