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Supreme Court censures, suspends Dakota County judge

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The Minnesota Supreme Court followed the recommendation of a three-member panel and publicly reprimanded Dakota County Judge Timothy Blakely for his behavior during his 2002-03 divorce proceedings.

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The Supreme Court censured and suspended Blakely for six months without pay.

In its opinion, filed Sept. 17, the Supreme Court noted, "Censure and suspension from judicial duties for six months without pay is warranted for a judge who violated Canons of Judicial Conduct by negotiating and obtaining a substantial legal fee reduction from his personal attorney at the same time he was appointing the attorney to provide mediation or related services in matters pending before him."

The Supreme Court further stated, "Public reprimand as an attorney is warranted for a judge who engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice by negotiating and obtaining a substantial legal fee reduction from his personal attorney at the same time he was appointing the attorney to provided medication or related services pending before him."

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