Md. judge pleads guilty to vehicle tampering
LA PLATA, Md. (AP) - A Maryland judge has apologized for engaging in a bit of vigilante justice when he let the air out of the tire of a courthouse employee who parked in a restricted area.
Charles County Circuit Judge Robert C. Nalley entered a guilty plea and was given a $500 fine Wednesday for tampering with a vehicle at the courthouse where he usually presides. He also said he was ashamed that he let the air out of the courthouse cleaning woman's tire and said he was "embarrassed for the community."
A visiting judge who handled the case also required Nalley to write a "heartfelt letter of apology" to Jean Washington, the woman whose tire he deflated.
Nalley has been suspended from hearing criminal cases since the Aug. 10 incident. He could face sanctions from state officials.
~ more like he was ashamed he got caught, and the only reason the community should be embarrassed by his action is if they don't fire him immediately and take away all retirement or other benefits accrued. ~fb