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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

What Did Federal Judge Boyce F. Martin Do With All That Government Money?

     The former chief judge of Cincinnati's federal appeals court is under scrutiny for receiving almost $140,000 in travel expenses during four and a half years on the bench. A judicial conduct committee has found that the expenses of Judge Boyce F. Martin, a Louisville judge who for years led the U.S. 6th Court of Appeals, should be investigated by the public integrity section of the U.S. Department of Justice….

     The case is significant because complaints against federal judges are rarely made public, and most do not result in disciplinary action. Referrals to the Department of Justice, which conducts criminal investigations, are rare….According to court records, the case began when the current chief judge, Alice Batchelder, complained about "questionable travel reimbursement requests" made by Martin. The reimbursements--made between January 1, 2008 and August 2, 2012--totaled $138,500. The records do not specify the nature of the travel or which parts of the total expenses were questioned. The expenses average about $2,500 a month.

Dan Horn, The Cincinnati Inquirer, January 21, 2014  

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