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Carroll County Judge resigns after negotiation with JDDC

Carroll County District Court Judge Timothy Parker resigned Saturday after the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission found him in violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct.

The JDDC’s investigation found that Mr. Parker gave special treatment to friends and former clients. Mr. Parker did not dispute these allegations, however, he denied the JDDC’s allegations of his special treatment of female defendants in exchange for sexual favors.

The sexual allegations will not be litigated as Mr. Parker agreed to a “permanent bar from holding judicial office in this state.”

Mr. Parker’s term was already set to end on December 31, 2016, the same day he tendered his resignation.

Mr. Parker’s undisputed judicial conduct violations are listed as performing probable cause determinations; lowering bail settings; and releasing defendants who were friends or former clients at his private practice; receiving phone calls from defendants while they were in jail and discussing their cases; and taking defendants home in his own vehicle after he had released them from jail.

His disputed conduct violations allege that Mr. Parker “engaged in a pattern of personal relationships with many female litigants who appeared in [his] court.” Mr. Parker allegedly released women or their family or friends in exchange for sexual favors. He is also accused of trading cash and prescription pills for sexual favors from many of the same women who appeared in his court and other women in the community.

The JDDC has video statements from more than a dozen women, recorded conversations between Mr. Parker and women in the jail, and copies of text messages between Mr. Parker and female litigants.

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