COPY-Ethics panel rejects judge's job as prosecutor

Associated Press - December 17, 2008 11:44 AM ET

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A judicial ethics panel said Wednesday that a newly elected judge in Pulaski County cannot also serve as a deputy prosecutor.

The Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee told Mark Leverett in a later dated last Friday that while some part-time district judges can keep a private practice, judicial codes bar a judge from criminal defense work and service as a prosecutor.

According to the letter, "The code of judicial conduct prohibits a part-time judge from serving as a deputy prosecuting attorney or representing criminal defendants in the same county."

Leverett was elected last month as a Little Rock District Judge. Leverett told the panel he would be assigned to prosecute cases in Sherwood, which is in the same county as Little Rock.

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