Board recommends 6-month suspension for Lincoln County judge

6 months 5 days 21 hours ago September 16, 2016 Sep 16, 2016 Friday, September 16 2016 Friday, September 16, 2016 10:43:00 AM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

TROY (AP) — A disciplinary commission recommended a six-month suspension without pay for an eastern Missouri judge, citing "serious" and "troubling" concerns about her performance on the bench.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Missouri's Commission on Retirement, Removal and Discipline recommended the discipline this week for Lincoln County Circuit Judge Chris Kunza Mennemeyer. Among the concerns raised by the commission are allegations that Mennemeyer improperly delayed defendants' cases for months, and that she tried to coerce and intimidate public defenders.

The complaint said some of the defendants were forced to stay in jail during delays, costing them up to $45 a day in room and board charges.

Mennemeyer's fate will be up to the Missouri Supreme Court.

A lawyer for Mennemeyer did not respond to a message seeking comment.

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