District judge’s duties on hold while traffic case probed

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A district judge who chairs the entity that investigates misconduct allegations against Pennsylvania judges isn’t hearing criminal cases while prosecutors probe her handling of a man’s traffic citations.

The investigation of Elizabethtown District Judge Jayne Duncan involves three traffic offenses for which another judge, filling in for Duncan, found the man guilty in May.

The Elizabethtown Advocate said the Lancaster County district attorney claims in a filing that during a subsequent hearing the man pleaded guilty to inspection and emissions violations and that an illegal window tinting citation was dropped.

A court official says the county’s president judge reassigned her criminal cases.

Her lawyer tells the Advocate the senior judge filling in for Duncan didn’t complete paperwork, so the matter was rescheduled.

Duncan chairs the state Judicial Conduct Board.

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