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Pima County Justice of the Peace Aboud censured for 'misconduct'

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The Arizona Supreme Court censured Pima County Justice of the Peace Paula Aboud for "misconduct while in office."

The Commission on Judicial Conduct announced the ruling Tuesday in a news release to News 4 Tucson, which first reported on Judge Aboud's troubles earlier this year. 
During the Limited Jurisdiction New Judge Orientation in January, Aboud took a copy of an assessment and answer key that belonged to her mentor, Judge James Sampanes. The assessment and answer key were for an assessment to be administered the next day. 

Sampanes witnessed Aboud take his copy from an adjoining room. At a later date and time, Aboud admitted that she had taken the assessment/answer key in an attempt to play a prank on Sampanes. 

A formal hearing was held on Sept. 18. Thereafter, the commission-appointed hearing officer, Lawrence Winthrop, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, issued his recommendations

Winthrop found that Aboud’s conduct violated Rules 1.1, 1.2 and 2.8(B) of the Code of Judicial Conduct, and recommended that she be censured and ordered to complete additional ethics training, as well as pay the Commission’s fees and costs in this matter. 

Winthrop’s findings were adopted by the Commission, which recommended that the Arizona Supreme Court adopt them as well. 

The Arizona Supreme Court’s order is final. 

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