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Former Family Court Judge Sentenced to 26 Months in Prison

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Just because someone is a judge doesn't mean that person has or exercises good judgment. Also, doesn't mean that person should be a judge. Exactly why judges shouldn't run unopposed and if they do they should have to receive X number of votes in relation to the total electorate. If you don't have X number of votes your seat should be vacated and put up for grabs without a designated incumbent.


Dorsey ordered Jones and his co-defendants in the case, which had some 50 victims, to pay $2.9 million in restitution. Jones will be supervised for three years after his release from prison.

Jones pleaded guilty in September to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and then resigned from the bench.

“Former Judge Steven Jones played an integral part in this investment fraud scheme and was the most prominent and indispensable member,” U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said in a statement. “This crime was not a ‘one-off’ for Jones, but a calculated and deliberate decision that he replicated for years. He knew right from wrong, but engaged in the conduct anyway because he could.”

The scheme, which occurred between 2002 and 2012, revolved around the longtime judge’s former brother-in-law, Thomas Cecrle.



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