Judge busted for dismissing her own traffic tickets

Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:49pm EST

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(Reuters) - A Pennsylvania judge faces criminal charges for allegedly dismissing traffic tickets against her that included expired registration on her BMW, the state's attorney general said on Monday.

Magisterial District Judge Kelly Ballentine, 43, of Lancaster, faces conflict of interest, tampering with public records and obstruction charges in the case, Attorney General Linda Kelly said in a statement.

Lancaster police issued two tickets to Ballentine in November 2010 for parking violations in front of her home. She got a third ticket for out-of-date registration on her BMW sedan, the statement said.

Ballentine failed to pay the tickets on time and summonses were mailed to her. The judge then accessed the online court system records and dismissed the summonses, which had been issued in her name, it said.

Ballentine was arraigned on Monday and released on $25,000 bond, the statement said.

Ballentine was not immediately available to comment.

(Reporting By Ian Simpson; Editing by Greg McCune)

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Jay-A1 wrote:
Judge Ballentine, and all judges for that matter, should be beyond reproach so it goes without saying that she should pay for her actions. Having stated that, for the most part her crime is a relatively victimless crime. Let’s see if the “powers that be” in Florida punish a judge (and ex-prosecutor) who is a criminal—a criminal that has willfully and egregiously left victims in his wake—as harshly as he should be punished. The Florida judge (and former prosecutor) is David P. Kreider. In Alachua County Florida (i.e. “Gator Country”) Judge David P. Kreider is currently under fire for his proven crimes and we should be reading a story about his criminal prosecution before too long. Judge David P. Kreider’s proven criminality is, amongst other things, a stain on the judicial system and his crimes committed under the color of law are irrefutable. That being the case it is an undeniable fact that David P. Kreider should lose his judgeship, lose his license to practice law, be permanently barred from practicing law, serve a prison sentence… For the record, Judge Kreider and his corrupt cronies have been reported. The Alachua County Family and Civil Justice Center (in Florida’s 8th Judicial Circuit and under the administration of Chief Judge Martha Lott) and the State Attorney’s Office of the 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida (along with its Chief Investigator Spencer Mann), as well as other agencies, are now aware of the crimes carried out by Judge Kreider and his co-conspirators. The aforementioned agencies have been provided with more than 100 pages of documentation. This documentation includes an organized and detailed report and comprehensive supporting evidence of criminal activity perpetrated by Judge David P. Kreider and his co-conspirators during the “Gibson case”. All judges must be held fully accountable and be made to honor the same laws that they subject average citizens to on a daily basis.

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