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Ann Arbor-area judge should be bounced for misconduct, judicial watchdog recommends

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ANN ARBOR, Michigan — A judge in Washtenaw County could lose his job.

The Judicial Tenure Commission is recommending that District Court Judge J. Cedric Simpson be removed from office. The commission says he interfered with police and prosecutors in a drunken driving case involving a female intern.

Simpson denies wrongdoing.

In a report Monday, the commission says Simpson also lied during misconduct hearings. His future rests with the Michigan Supreme Court.

In 2013, Simpson went to the scene of a traffic stop involving a staff member whose car struck another vehicle before dawn. Simpson identified himself as a judge and asked the officer if Crystal Vargas just needed a ride home.

Records show Simpson and Vargas exchanged 3,600 text messages or phone calls a month during a five-month period, many after work hours.

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