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La. Supreme Court returns law license to ex-judge

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court is allowing a former judge that it disbarred to practice law again.

The court, in 5-2 vote, said former Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge C. Hunter King, could rejoin the bar.

King sought reinstatement late last year, and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, which makes recommendations for punishment to the Supreme Court, took no position. A hearing recommended King's reinstatement.

The court said King must complete an ethics program and must be supervised by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel during a year of probation.

Justices Greg Guidry and Marcus Clark voted against letting King practice law again.

A sharply divided Supreme Court voted 4-3 in 2010 to disbar King, who had been suspended since 2007.

In 2003, the high court removed King from the bench after court employees complained King was threatening to fire them if they didn't sell fundraiser tickets to repay his campaign debt.

King gave employees a quota of 20 tickets each, at $250 each, and suspended court for one week in October 2001 so workers could collect the money and hand-deliver tickets.

After denying misdeeds, King was confronted with tape recordings of staff meetings where which he threatened to fire anyone who couldn't make the quota. Justices voted unanimously to remove King after concluded he had lied under oath while testifying about the campaign activity.

In 2007, King pleaded guilty to a single charge saying he encouraged staffers to work on his campaign during court hours.

King received a six-month suspended jail sentence and six months unsupervised probation. The judge then set aside King's plea after probation.

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