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Harlan judge steps down

Harlan Circuit Judge Russell Alred at his ethics hearing on Aug. 30, 2011.
Harlan Circuit Judge Russell Alred at his ethics hearing on Aug. 30, 2011.

A circuit judge convicted of ethics violations will step down while he appeals the decision.

Harlan Circuit Judge Russell Alred agreed Tuesday not to hear cases during his appeal, said Covington attorney Jeff Mando, who argued the ethics case before the Judicial Conduct Commission.

The commission convicted Alred on nine ethics charges, including abusing the authority of his office, and ordered him removed.

Alred is appealing the decision and the punishment to the state Supreme Court.

It will likely be next year before the high court decides whether to uphold the removal order, Mando said.

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