PRESS RELEASE





CONTACT: Jill Pearson FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Acting Executive Director May 7, 2002

617-725-8050





COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL CONDUCT FILES FORMAL CHARGES AGAINST

JUDGE MARIA I. LOPEZ





BOSTON, MA (May 7, 2002) - Formal Charges have today been filed with the Supreme Judicial Court against Judge Maria I. Lopez, Associate Justice of the Superior Court Department, arising from 63 complaints, Numbers 2000-110, et. seq., which were filed against her. Judge Lopez's response to the Formal Charges has also been filed with the Supreme Judicial Court. Copies of both documents are attached.

The Commission has asked the Supreme Judicial Court to appoint a Hearing Officer to preside at the Public Hearing of these matters. The Commission will then schedule the Hearing to take place in thirty to sixty days after that appointment, in accordance with G.L. c.211C and Commission Rule 8. Copies of the Commission's statute and Rules are also attached. Information about the Commission is available at our web site: http://www.mass.gov/cjc

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Formal Charges Against Judge Lopez

Response To Formal Charges By Judge Lopez

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