Kentucky judge suspended without pay for 180 days

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Posted: Oct 02, 2015 12:43 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An eastern Kentucky judge accused of a long list of belligerent behavior has been suspended without pay for about a half year.

The state's Judicial Conduct Commission said Friday the 180-day suspension stems from an agreement with Pike County Circuit Judge Steven D. Combs and his attorneys. The commission says the agreement was reached prior to a final hearing in the matter.

Combs was accused of name-calling and unethically presiding over cases as part of a series of accusations. The commission says the suspension continues until March 29. Combs had been under temporary suspension since mid-June pending the outcome of the case.

One of his attorneys, Steve Ryan, says the punishment will change Combs' conduct. He says Combs intends to resume his judicial duties once the suspension is completed.