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JUL 2018

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| JULY/AUGUST 2018 46 BAR NEWS COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY JUDICIAL CONDUCT COMMISSION IN RE THE MAT TER OF: TIMOTH Y A. LANGFORD, CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE 1 ST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT AGREED ORDER OF SUSPENSION * * * * * * * * * * Timothy A. Langford ("Judge Langford") is a Circuit Court Judge for Kentucky's 1st Judicial Circuit, consisting of Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton, and Hickman Counties. Prior to the commencement of the final hearing, the parties reached an agreement to resolve the matter. Judge Langford has waived formal proceedings and Judge Lang- ford, the Judicial Conduct Commission (the "Commission") and the Commission's Counsel have agreed to the entry of this Order. e Commission received Complaints and other information, conducted preliminary and subsequent investigations, and filed a Notice of Formal Proceedings and Charges (the "Original Notice") and an Amended Notice of Formal Proceedings and Charges (the Original Notice and Amended Notice referred to collectively as the "Notices") against Judge Langford alleging he violated the Canons of the Kentucky Code of Judicial Conduct. e Notices asserted nine (9) charges against Judge Langford. Judge Langford timely filed an Answer to the Notices Judge Langford and the Commission's Counsel, reached agreement on a resolution of this matter, as described below. e Commission's Counsel recommended that the Commission accept the agreement reached with Judge Langford, and the Commission, by a vote of 5-0 approved the agreement, resulting in this Agreed Order of Suspension: 1. Judge Langford agrees that he will not retaliate against any witness, complainant or person involved in these proceedings regarding their statements, ac- tions or other conduct prior to the date of this Agreed Order of Suspension, and further agrees that if he does commit any such acts of retaliation as to such prior statements, acts or conduct, it will constitute a breach of this Agreed Order of Suspension. 2. Judge Langford agrees that any statements made by him or by others under his direction disavowing the contents or the specific admissions in this Agreed Order shall constitute a breach of this Agreed Order which shall result in a reinstitution of the charges and may subject Judge Langford to additional discipline up to and including removal from office. 3. Judge Langford agrees no individual employed in his judicial office shall maintain employment or com- pensation by any third-party entity administrating or providing court-approved probation monitoring services while at the same time working for Judge Langford. 4. Judge Langford agrees that he will withdraw as a member of the Board of Directors of the First Judi- cial Circuit Corrections Board, Inc. He further agrees that he will not hold any subsequent leadership, management, or other administrative position with a third-party administrator or provider of a court-ap- proved probation monitoring program while he is a Judge. 5. is Agreed Order of Suspension resolves all pend- ing claims and charges brought against Judge Lang- ford by the Commission as set forth in the Notices. 6. By entering into this Agreed Order of Suspension, Judge Langford recognizes and admits that he violat- ed provisions of the Code of Judicial Conduct. Judge Langford maintains that these violations were not made intentionally. 7. As it relates to the Counts in the Notices, Judge Langford agrees to, as follows: a. As to Count I of the Notices, Judge Lang- ford denies requesting the use of inmates at the Fulton County Detention Center to perform work during the reconstruction of the West Hickman Baptist Church. Judge Langford does acknowledge that inmates unloaded materials at the church and that the Commission has witnesses who would testify consistent with the allegations set forth in Count I. b. As to Count II of the Notices, Judge Langford denies requesting the use of publicly-owned equipment for use during the reconstruction of the West Hickman Baptist Church. Judge Langford does acknowledge that publicly-owned equip- ment may have been utilized during the reconstruction of the church and that the Commission has a witness who would tes- tify consistent with the allegations set forth in Count II. c. As to Count III of the Notices, Judge Langford admits that his legal assistant informed probationers of opportunities to perform work at the West Hickman Bap- tist Church and provided transportation to probationers to perform community service work at the West Hickman Baptist Church and that these acts constitute a violation of the Canons 1 and 2A of the Kentucky Code of Judicial Conduct.

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