North Carolina's new chief justice temporarily suspends judge

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North Carolina's new Supreme Court chief justice has temporarily suspended a district court judge.

The News & Record of Greensboro reports Chief Justice Cheri Beasley temporarily suspended Guilford County District Judge Mark Cummings. Beasley was sworn in on Thursday.

Court officials haven't revealed the reason for Cummings' suspension. However, Cummings told the newspaper in October that N.C. Judicial Standards Commission was investigating him.

Cummings said the allegations included calling officers racists and changing defendants' bonds set by Superior Court judges.

A revised six-month calendar shows Cummings isn't assigned to any courtroom through July.

State law requires that Judicial Standards investigations remain confidential unless the Supreme Court finds that a public reprimand, censure, suspension or removal is necessary.