- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

INKSTER, Mich. (AP) - A former Detroit-area judge has won an appeal in a lawsuit tied to an investigation that forced her out of office.

Sylvia James says her constitutional rights were violated when documents were removed from a personal safe at Inkster District Court. She also says she was treated differently than white judges accused of misconduct. James is black.

In a 2-1 decision Wednesday, an appeals court says James can pursue those claims in federal court.

The Michigan Supreme Court removed James from office in 2012 after she was accused of turning a community service fund into her own private foundation, spending money to travel and to promote herself.

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