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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A Louisville judge accused of threatening to strangle a lawyer has been temporarily suspended by the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission.
Senior Judge Martin McDonald was temporarily removed from the bench with pay this week pending the resolution of two ethics-related cases.
In one case, the commission says McDonald told an assistant public advocate that if he ever called his cell phone again, he would strangle him. The remarks came in the death penalty case of Roger Dale Epperson last September.
McDonald's lawyer, Timoth Denison, says the commission lost jurisdiction over McDonald because his 600 days of service as a senior judge ended.
The commission's chairman says the Administrative Office of the Courts was unable to confirm that because McDonald hadn't turned in paperwork.
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