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La. judge suspended over misconduct in drug case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has suspended a judge for one year without pay over allegations that his decision to reduce a man's prison sentence was based on personal and political motivations.

The divided Supreme Court also on Tuesday ordered 7th Judicial District Court Judge Leo Boothe to pay nearly $12,000 to reimburse the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana, which investigated and had recommended Boothe's removal from office.

The commission concluded that Boothe held a hearing on a man's request for a sentencing reduction in a drug distribution case to tarnish another judge's reputation and to rehabilitate his own.

The Supreme Court disagreed with some of the commission's findings but said Boothe engaged in "serious judicial misconduct."

Boothe was first elected to the court serving Catahoula and Concordia parishes in 1991.

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