Ottawa Co. District Court Judge Kenneth Post
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- An Ottawa County judge will be suspended for throwing an attorney in jail, if a decision by a state commission is approved. The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission is recommending a 30 day suspension for Hudsonville District Court Judge Kenneth Post.
In 2011, Post ordered defense attorney Scott Millard to jail for advising his client not to answer a question. The commission cited "irresponsible or improper conduct that eroded public confidence."
Attorneys at Millard's law firm believe a suspension is justified.
"It's certainly letting judges know that respecting the rights of defendants is of the utmost importance, and on the flip side the attorney's obligation to defend clients rights. The reality is the defense attorney doing their job shouldn't be treated this way in a courtroom," says Keeley Heath, attorney for Miel & Carr.
Judge Post's attorney released a statement saying "Judge Kenneth Post notes that he has fully cooperated with the commission's proceedings and has acknowledged from their beginning that the sarcasm he used during the December 2, 2011 hearing involving attorney Scott Millard was inappropriate."
The Michigan Supreme Court will have to approve the commission's decision for it to be final.
You can read the entire Commission report at jtc.courts.mi.gov.