Lancaster County judge back on bench after fixing own tickets

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 12, 2013 3:38 AM

(Lancaster) -- A Lancaster County judge suspended and fined for fixing her own parking tickets will be allowed to resume her seat on the bench.

An order from the state Court of Judicial Discipline allows Kelly Ballentine to return to magisterial district court but says she will be on probation through December of next year.

Ballentine pleaded guilty in February in Lancaster County Court to three counts of tampering with public records in connection with three parking tickets in December 2010 and January 2011.

She denied any intent to defraud the county.

Prosecutors dropped six other charges and reduced the tampering counts from felonies to misdemeanors.

The state Board of Judicial Conduct had petitioned for the disbarment of Ballentine, who was fined $1,500 dollars.

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