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Embattled Judge Indicted By Grand Jury

Posted at 2:52 PM, Nov 01, 2018

BATH COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)- A chief circuit court judge who is facing misconduct allegations has been indicted on criminal charges in Bath County.

Judge Beth Maze presides over court in Montgomery, Menifee, Rowan and Bath counties. She is currently suspended with pay pending the outcome of her case in a separate ethics investigation by the Judicial Conduct Commission. An ethics investigation is not a criminal case.

According to the JCC, Maze directed 100 plus syndicate drug cases to be transferred to her court, despite a previous agreement to split them between her and another judge.

The JCC charged her with four previous counts of official misconduct when she ordered two drug tests after the arrest of her ex-husband last fall, as LEX 18 reported in August.

Now, Maze is facing indictments on two counts of forgery and one count of tampering with public records. Maze’s attorney tells LEX 18 that he is disappointed. Thomas Clay says that Maze wanted to tell her side of events to the grand jury, but her request was denied.