Suburban Detroit judge suspended 45 days without pay

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered a 45-day unpaid suspension for a suburban Detroit judge who was arrested for suspected drunken driving before being elected to the bench.

The court Thursday affirmed a decision by the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission that determined Oakland County Circuit Judge Julie McDonald didn’t observe the law and conduct herself “in a manner which would enhance the public’s confidence in the integrity of the judiciary.”

McDonald waived her rights before the commission and consented to a sanction no greater than the 45-day suspension without pay.

She was a judicial candidate Sept. 8 when police saw her toss something from her car and turn without signaling. Police recorded a 0.08 blood-alcohol level at which a motorist is considered intoxicated.

McDonald began a six-year term in January.