HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A Maryland state judge convicted last year in a drunken-driving accident says he is taking an indefinite leave of absence after violating the terms of a reprimand by drinking alcohol.

Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone said Friday he is considering retiring before reaching his mandatory retirement age of 70 next March.

Boone says the state Commission on Judicial Disabilities contacted him April 11 about a reported violation of his January agreement to abstain from alcohol.

Boone says he acknowledged the violation and agreed to take some leave time to deal with stress factors that include personal and family medical issues.

Boone says he passed all the alcohol breath tests he was required to take before presiding in court under terms of his reprimand.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (6)
  1. sheriff willie says:

    Throw the boozing idiot in the slammer with all the people he sentenced. I can promise he will be very popular at night.

  2. Sandra Kendall says:

    He is no different than any of us, and he should be handed a sentence or be asked to retire. How sad to have a State Judge have a drinking problem, and who is the sole person that sentence us that do wrong.We all have our problems and he is no different. I hope he does retire and is able to fight his demons.I wish him the best. I wish him no harm.

    1. sheriff willie says:

      Sandra, He is different from you & I in that he is a Judge with enormous powers that can alter a life. He couldn’t hack it for whatever reason so don’t pity him. I’m sure he squirreled away a lot of under the table dough$$.

  3. mike says:

    Suggests that not even judge’s are immune from
    needing a ‘happy hour’ every now and then.

    Irate customers, never ending gridlock, lawyers
    arguing and bullying, and then you get all the
    personal issues also, grandkids on drugs, dropping
    out of school, running away from home and getting
    turned into prostitutes.

    And the ever present government who feel that the
    fruits of people behaviour belong to the government
    and the the government OWNS the people, rather than
    the people being represented by the government.

    Yupp… I can see how he might actually be ‘human’
    and appreciate the challenges that the rest of us
    have to suffer.

  4. Doug says:

    Is this the same judge who was working an enlargement vacuum pump
    under his robe,in court ?

  5. Herman Glimsher says:


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