Former St. Louis court clerk pleads guilty

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Posted on January 21, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 21 at 7:24 PM

 ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A former deputy clerk in St. Louis Circuit Court has pleaded guilty to criminal charges.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 28-year-old Whitney Tyler pleaded guilty to 48 misdemeanor counts of misuse of official information by a public servant. She was placed on probation for six months on Friday.

Tyler was arrested in September after the judge for whom she worked, Associate Circuit Judge Barbara Peebles, was suspended with pay by a state judicial commission for conduct that included abdicating judicial responsibilities to Tyler. The Commission on Retirement, Removal and Discipline said Tyler made a decision about a case while Peebles was vacationing in China.

The Missouri Supreme Court in March suspended Peebles for six months without pay for engaging in “misconduct.” A Post-Dispatch report prompted the investigation.

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