Pa. court says district judge violated rules

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The Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline has found that a Lancaster
County district judge violated the rules of conduct when she dismissed
three traffic tickets issued to her in 2010.

Kelly Ballentine, 44, of Lancaster, has 10 days to file objections to the findings of April 16 before the court determines sanctions against her; including reprimand, suspension or removal from office.

Ballentine on February 1 pleaded guilty to three counts of tampering with public records. State prosecutors said she dismissed a ticket for an expired registration on her BMW sedan and two tickets for parking violations in front of her North Street home, all violations that occurred within her district.

The citations were issued by Lancaster City police in November 2010. When the fines went unpaid and Ballentine was sent a summons, she went into court records and dismissed the charges, authorities said.

Ballentine had served as an elected district judge since January 2006.

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