BOBBY MCALLISTER

Saline Circuit Judge Bobby McCallister has apparently reached an agreement to end a judicial ethics complaint against him over failure to file state and federal income tax returns.

McCallister was due for a full hearing Friday on a case against him before the state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission. But an agenda change now indicates there will not be a hearing. Rather, the Commission will hear a status report and a “resolution.”

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McCallister, who’s also awaiting trial on state criminal charges of failing to file or pay income taxes in four years, has been suspended with pay ($160,000 a year). McCallister was suspended from judicial duties in July after news broke of ethics and criminal investigations. The investigations began after his tax payment history arose in his divorce case.

The Judicial Commission can take a variety of actions over judicial misconduct, the most serious being removal from the bench. Settlements of some past cases against judges have resulted in agreed resignations and bars of future judicial service. For now, McCallister still retains his law license.

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He has been a judge for eight years.

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