Ky high court rejects ex-judge’s reinstatement

November 21, 2013 10:40 EST


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court has rejected a bid by a former judge who served time in federal prison for extortion to reinstate his law license.

The justices on Thursday by a 4-3 vote turned away Charles L. Huffman III’s attempt to return to legal practice.

The court’s majority concluded that Huffman’s willingness to trade lenient sentences for prescription medication too serious a violation to allow him to practice law again in Kentucky.

Justice Will T. Scott led the dissenters, saying an addiction prompted Huffman’s misdeeds and he has paid his dues.

Huffman pleaded guilty in 1995 to extortion while serving as a judge in Pikeville. He admitted to promising a defendant community service in exchange for several prescription drugs and served 15 months in federal prison.

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