Suspended judge replaced during investigation in Oconee Co.

Photo from Judge Johns' website

A Order released today by the South Carolina Courts states that Associate Probate Judge Karen Lee has been appointed by the court system to lead in Oconee County.

This is after Probate Judge Kenneth Johns was put on interim suspension on April 12.

That suspension required him to deliver all books, records, bank account records, funds, property, and documents relating to his judicial office to the Associate Pobate Judge.

Johns is also suspended from access to judicial accounts.

The order does not detail what Johns is being investigated for, only refers to ruling 17b, which states the following:

(b) Other Misconduct. Upon receipt of sufficient evidence demonstrating that a judge poses a substantial threat of serious harm to the public or to the administration of justice, the Supreme Court may place the judge on interim suspension pending a final determination in any proceeding under these rules.

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