Judge denies charges in commission's complaint

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A Montgomery judge who abruptly retired early last month says the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission's 74-count complaint against her is a product of fraud.
Patricia Warner, who was re- elected last year to a second term as a family court judge, denied the charges in a three-page response filed Thursday.
The civil complaint focuses on five cases, including a case involving Victoryland owner Milton McGregor's daughter. It also cites more than two dozen cases that were sent back to the lower court for further review from the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals.
The Montgomery Advertiser says Warner's response asserts that the commission cannot take action against her because she retired June 16.
Warner faces a trial before the Alabama Court of the Judiciary.

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