St. Louis judge resigns amid inquiry -

St. Louis judge resigns amid inquiry

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis municipal court judge has announced her resignation amid an inquiry by a state Supreme Court commission.

   Alan Mandel, a lawyer for Judge Margaret J. Walsh, told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Walsh is quitting to take care of her ailing mother. Walsh's resignation is effective Monday.

   Mandel also confirmed that Walsh is being investigated by the Missouri Supreme Court's Commission on Retirement, Removal and Discipline for three incidents, including allegations of using inappropriate or abusive language. Mandel said Walsh denies the allegations.

   Jim Smith, the commission's lawyer, declined to confirm the investigations, citing Missouri Supreme Court confidentiality rules. Smith said a judge's resignation would end the commission's jurisdiction.

   Mandel blamed the complaints on a long-running feud between the city counselor's office and municipal judges over rules.
   Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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