FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 19, 2003

CONTACT:
Jill Pearson
Executive Director
617/725-8050



JUDGE MARIA I. LOPEZ RESIGNS

BOSTON, MA (May 19, 2003) - The Commission on Judicial Conduct has received notice that Judge Maria I. Lopez, Associate Justice of the Superior Court Department, has resigned her judicial office as of today.

            This notification follows an extensive investigation by the Commission commencing in 2000 and a lengthy hearing which was only recently completed. A judicial resignation does not terminate disciplinary proceedings before the Commission. In this case, a public hearing to give complaining parties and Judge Lopez the right to be heard regarding the Commission's recommendation to the Supreme Judicial Court is scheduled for June 10, 2003 at 10AM at the Gardner Auditorium of the State House. Only an agreement between Judge Lopez and the Commission can terminate these formal proceedings.

            Further information is available on our website: www.mass.gov/cjc

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