- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas panel is considering how to discipline a judge who has pleaded guilty to drunken driving charges.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2pCkSlJ ) reports that Circuit Judge William Pearson pleaded guilty Monday in Johnson County to charges of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

The punishment the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission decides to give Pearson will determine if or how soon he can return to the bench as a judge in Arkansas’ 5th Judicial Circuit, which includes Franklin, Johnson and Pope counties.

Executive Director David Sachar says the commission will act quickly to determine how to sanction Pearson for violating ethical canons by breaking state law. He says the commission could admonish, reprimand or censure him or pass on a recommendation to the Arkansas Supreme Court for another action.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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