(LEX 18)– A Kentucky judge suspended with pay over alleged ethics violations has filed a whistleblower suit against the state’s Judicial Conduct Commission, which is the same commission that put her on paid leave.
Chief Circuit Judge Beth Maze who presides over Bath, Rowan, Montgomery, and Menifee Counties, claims the JCC violated her civil rights by not giving her opportunities to defend herself on ethics charges.
Maze was the focus of an LEX 18 Investigates piece last summer over alleged actions when her ex-husband was arrested in 2017. Maze admitted to issuing a court order to have her ex-drug tested. She was later charged by the JCC for signing orders that showed the Commonwealth’s Attorney and the Bath County Attorney had seen them, when in fact, they did not. Maze says she mistakenly believed the orders were for distribution only and not that the attorneys had seen the orders and agreed to them.
You can read the lawsuit here.