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I-Team: Accusations against Van Buren Co. judge - Pt. 3

Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2013 |
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VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Newschannel 3 I-Team broke the story this week that some local attorneys are asking for a judge to be disciplined for alleged misconduct because of quote "extreme bias" in a civil case.

The I-Team reported yesterday allegations in affidavits that said Van Buren County Circuit Judge Paul Hamre joined in on a demeaning conversation, talked at length about a case with attorneys on just one side of it and trashed documents from the attorneys on the other side of the case.

Judge Hamre denied he had what's called "ex parte" communications or a conversation with lawyers from one side.  He didn't address some of the specific allegations though after the I-Team pressed for answers multiple times.

Now we're asking more questions as it turns out the people who brought all these allegations to light regarding Judge Hamre were criminally charged with trespassing recently in Van Buren County.

We found there were questions about these charges raised in court documents we obtained.

On one side, there are folks in Van Buren County who are denying any wrong-doing or retaliation.  There are also people on the other side from Kent County who say they're victims of injustice and some bogus criminal charges.

Please watch the third part of our story above.

Judge Hamre's First Statement to us (addressing criminal charges)
Judge Hamre's Second Statement

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