Pa. board suspends judge accused of dismissing her tickets

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A Lancaster County judge accused of using her position to dismiss her own traffic citations has been suspended with pay by the state's Judicial Conduct Board.

District Judge Kelly Ballentine, 43, of Lancaster, is accused of dismissing a ticket for an expired registration on her BMW sedan and two other tickets for parking violations in front of her North Street home.

State prosecutors have said Ballentine failed to pay the fines issued by Lancaster police in November 2010, and then accessed the district judge computer system and dismissed the citations after she received a summons.

She has been charged with three counts of conflict of interest and six counts of tampering with public records, all third-degree felonies punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines.

She was also charged with three counts of obstruction, all second-degree misdemeanors punishable by up to two years in prison and $5,000 fines.

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