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Professor Arthur Hellman Comments on “Stunning” Probe of Federal Judge’s Travel Expense Claims

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January 27, 2014

An oversight panel in the federal judiciary has referred a misconduct complaint against a recently retired federal judge to the Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice. Pitt Law Professor Arthur D. Hellman commented on this unusual development in stories published in the ABA Journal, the Louisville Courier-Journal, and the Cincinnati Enquirer. “That is stunning,” Hellman said. “I’m still trying to absorb [the fact] that the federal judiciary has referred one of their own judges to the public integrity section.” The proceeding began when the current chief judge of the Sixth Circuit initiated a complaint against fellow Judge Boyce Martin asserting that he had requested and received reimbursement for questionable travel expenses. The complaint was transferred to the Judicial Council of the Second Circuit, which initiated an investigation. Two weeks before a scheduled hearing by the investigating committee, Judge Martin resigned from the bench. In light of that resignation, the Judicial Council concluded the proceeding but referred the matter to the Department of Justice.

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