The Judicial Conduct Commission has publicly reprimanded former Senior Judge Roger P. Elliott, who was indicted last year in Pulaski County on a felony charge of writing a bad check.
Elliott, who had been suspended as senior judge pending the outcome of the case, agreed to accept the reprimand and to resign. The Judicial Conduct Commission issued the public reprimand in an order released Thursday.
Elliott wrote a check for $8,194 to an attorney who had represented him in a civil lawsuit, knowing the bank wouldn't honor it, according to the charge.
At one point, Elliott appeared to claim that he was not mentally competent to stand trial and was evaluated, according to court documents.
He later entered an Alford plea, which acknowledged there was enough evidence to convict him. In October, a judge ordered him to make restitution and serve 30 days of home detention as part of a pre-trial diversion program.
Elliott, who is 59 and now lives in Russell County, had been a judge in Adair and Casey counties before becoming a senior judge.
He also was indicted in Jessamine County on a felony bad-check charge, but it was dismissed after Elliott made restitution.