Judge issued reprimand in shoplifting complaints

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Posted: Dec 03, 2014 8:57 AM

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A retired Vermont judge has received a public reprimand for a series of shoplifting complaints made against him by three Montpelier businesses.

The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/1zixkCs) the ruling by the Vermont Judicial Conduct Board prohibits 71-year-old Karl Barney Bloom from seeking another judicial office.

The board ruled Bloom, an assistant judge for 15 years, violated the Vermont Code of Judicial Conduct. No criminal charges were filed.

An assistant judge is an elected position that does not require a law license. They do not preside over criminal cases.

Bloom didn't contest the charges, which he said had nothing to do with his July retirement. His term would have expired in February 2015.

Police records show a pattern of taking small items, such as newspapers, soup and coffee without paying.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com