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Panel Recommends Removal Of Controversial Judge

Written by Agenda Florida

KRISTENA HANSEN
Associated Press

SALEM, OR (AP) – A state judicial panel has recommended the removal of a Marion County judge who refused to perform same-sex marriages and who was investigated on other counts as well.

The Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability said Monday it had found that Marion County Judge Vance Day had lied under oath, that in some instances he had acted for personal gain, and that he had impugned his honesty and integrity.

The panel examined Day’s judicial behavior in a number of areas.

Those included his refusal to perform same-sex marriages, soliciting money from lawyers appearing before him, and allowing a convicted felon to handle a gun.

The Oregon Supreme Court will decide whether Day will be removed.

A spokesman for Day was not immediately available to provide comment.

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