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Judge pleads guilty to dismissing her own tickets

By Mason White 12:17 PM February 3, 2013
Kelly S. Ballentine

By: John Roberts
A judge, was suspended and charged after she was caught dismissing her own parking tickets.

The judge, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, was suspended with pay, after she was caught dismissing several traffic violations against his own car, including two parking tickets and a third for expired registration on her BMW, totalling $268.50, according to prosecutors.

Now, the former judge, Kelly S. Ballentine, 44, pleaded guilty to ticket fixing.

According to reports, Ballentine’s guilty plea came a day after she was convicted of operating a clothing store without a license. She was ordered to pay a fine of $369 in that case.

When she pleaded guilty, Ballentine denied any intent to defraud the county. The state attorney general agreed to drop six of the nine charges and reduce the other three counts of tampering with public records from felonies to misdemeanors.

Ballentine, faces a maximum of two years in prison.
According to reports, Judge Charles B. Smith, said he would defer his sentencing decision pending action by the state Judicial Conduct Board.
The board has the power to revoke the salary of Ballentine who has been paid during the suspension or they could disbar her altogether.