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Suspended PA District Judge Kelly Ballentine Must Pay Back Part of Her Salary

June 7, 2013

Suspended District Judge Kelly Ballentine must surrender her past 3 1/2-months’ pay while she awaits a final disciplinary decision from a state board.

[The] state Court of Judicial Discipline suspended Ballentine without pay, retroactive to Feb. 11. She pleaded guilty to fixing her own parking tickets Feb. 1 and a petition was filed for her suspension 10 days later.

The Court of Judicial Discipline will make a final ruling on Ballentine’s standing as judge at a later date. For now, she is suspended without pay, according to the order filed. That means she must pay back what amounts to 27 percent of her annual salary: approximately $22,500.

She also must repay retirement and Social Security funds accrued since Feb. 11, the order shows.

The repayment total is to be determined by June 7.

 Ballentine has until that date to work out a payment plan. Her medical benefits, however, aren’t affected by the latest ruling; she’ll continue receiving those.

Ballentine has the option of appealing to the state Supreme Court.

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Suspended District Judge Must Pay Back Part of Her Salary

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PA District Judge Violated Integrity and Impartiality of Office, Board Says

TN Attorney John E. Clemmons, Court Appointed as Conservator, Sued for Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Conversion, and More

April 18, 2013

A Nashville attorney whose law license already is under suspension for misappropriation of a ward’s funds is being accused in a civil suit of misappropriating at least $450,000 from a now-deceased elderly woman whom the courts had entrusted to his care.
In the suit filed in Davidson County Circuit Court, John E. Clemmons has been charged with breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, intentional misappropriation of more than $450,000 and repeatedly failing to account for his handling of the estate of Nannie P. Malone.

In a 16-page complaint filed Friday, Teresa A. Lyle, Malone’s daughter, charged that Clemmons had sold off at auction hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of Malone’s property but had failed to properly account for the proceeds.

The suit comes after the state Supreme Court indefinately suspended Clemmons license to practice law, citing him for misappropriation and concluding his continued practice of law “poses a threat of substantial harm to the public.”

The high court action stemmed from a Rutherford County case in which chancery court officials found that Clemmons had paid himself $50,400 without court approval from the estate of a nursing home resident who had been entrusted to his care. A review showed an additional $16,500 could not be accounted for.

In the suit filed in Davidson County, attorneys for Lyle charged that “Clemmons has not made any itemized accounting of any expense” incurred in the auction of Malone’s properties, including a 68-acre farm and four lots.

Full Article and Source:
Suspended Lawyer Faces Lawsuit in a Conservatorship Case
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TN Attorney John E. Clemmons Suspended After $50,000 Taken From Disabled Ward