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Suspension, demotion recommended for tax judge

Published 9:29am Tuesday, May 14, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS — A judicial standards panel is recommending a Minnesota Tax Court judge be suspended and demoted for regularly missing deadlines on cases.

The Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards said Judge George Perez should be suspended for nine months without pay because of a “persistent pattern of noncompliance” for deciding cases on time.

The formal recommendation includes a censure, the suspension, and that Perez be prohibited from serving as chief judge for the duration of his term. The recommendations will be forwarded to the Minnesota Supreme Court, which will decide if Perez should be punished.

Perez denied the panel’s claims, but said there were occasions when he missed a deadline due to illness or required an extension.