Hennepin County Judge Patricia Karasov — who’d been accused of living outside her district in a wild hearing last winter that included testimony from an ex-husband who is also a judge — has been suspended for six months by the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Karasov was censured and suspended without pay for not living in the district and for failing to cooperate with an investigation by the Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards, reports the Star Tribune:
“We conclude that the Board has proven by clear and convincing evidence that Judge Karasov failed to reside within her judicial district during her continuance in office and that she failed to cooperate and be candid and honest with respect to the Board’s investigation of her residency status,” the high court concluded in its 39-page opinion, released Wednesday.
The state Board on Judicial Standards had recommended a 90-day suspension, but the Supreme Court went even further with today’s ruling.
The hearing last January seemed to some like a family court dispute, with family members and neighbors testifying about whether she lived in a Chisago City lake home.
And she blamed the accusations on rumors spread by her ex-husband, Fred Karasov, who is also a Hennepin County judge.
No comment on the suspension yet from Patricia Karasov or her attorney.