Update on Judge Cedric Simpson
The Cedric Simpson case lumbers on. The state Supreme Court has looked at newly introduced evidence of behind-the-scenes communications among police officials and Judge Kirk Tabbey — Simpson’s professional nemesis — and on Dec. 23 punted the case back down to a commission that previously recommended Simpson be removed from the bench.
On Monday, the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission in turn kicked the case back to its original “master,” Judge Peter Houk, to decide whether the new evidence should change his recommendation that Simpson should be removed from the bench.
Houk determined in April that Simpson acted improperly on all counts alleged by the JTC. But public records obtained by The Ann showed that Tabbey had intervened in a drunk-driving case involving one of Simpson’s interns to ensure that Simpson’s involvement in that case — in part, that Simpson showed up at the arrest scene and spoke to the arresting officer and the intern, Crystal Vargas — was reflected in police reports. Simpson was later anonymously reported to the Judicial Tenure Commission for interfering in the Vargas case.
Simpson has said he believes Tabbey made that report. Simpson and Tabbey both serve Washtenaw County District 14A, which processes cases arising in Washtenaw County except those within the City of Ann Arbor and the Township of Ypsilanti. The two judges have long had a contentious relationship.
Read the Supreme Court’s decision here: JTC Order Remand 01 11 2016
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