- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Jefferson District Court Judge who jailed a witness without a hearing has been formally charged with violating the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Media outlets report that on Monday, the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission notified Judge Sheila Collins that she could be suspended or removed from office for interrogating Jasmin Stone without counsel and locking her up after she withdrew an allegation that she was the victim of domestic violence.

The commission says Collins refused to lower Stone’s $10,000 bond. Stone was later released by another judge, Erica Williams, who dismissed the charge the next day and apologized to her.

Collins says her actions were without malice and that she cannot be penalized for making an error in good faith.

The commission gave Collins 15 days to respond.

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