Suspended Inkster Judge Sylvia James testified Friday, defending herself against allegations she routinely arrived late for work and took numerous two hour lunches.
Michigan Judicial Tenure Commision associate examiner Margaret Rynier asked James “Is it not correct that your normal arrive time to work was after 10 and a lot of times after 10:30.”
“No.” James replied.
“Is it correct that you have taken routine lunches exceeding 2 hours?” Rynier asked
“No.” James answered.
James testified Friday that she signed checks to fund programs such as Law Day and approved donations to the Inkster Goodfellows, with advertisements and help from Community Service Program workers.
James has also acknowledged she wrote 4 checks $4,500 to the Inkster Auxiliary Police for picnics and unspecified supplies.
“They assisted the Community Service Program and one of there functions was Law Day security. They helped us, and we helped them” she said.
All the checks were drawn on the 22nd District Courts Community Service Program checking account. The program was created to give people the option of avoiding jail time by paying fines and performing community service.
Rynier questioned James about a resolution that the Inkster City Council passed in 2010 which was to add the city manager and city treasurer’s signatures to all banking accounts.
James said she moved the money from chase bank and put it into Bank of America under different tax numbers. She said she consulted with the State Court Administrators office and was advised the city manager and treasurer could not be on the 22nd District Courts bank accounts.
The hearing continues Monday at 20th District Court in Dearborn Heights.