Arkansas panel wants judge suspended during tax case

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas ethics panel is asking for a judge accused of failing to pay state and federal income taxes to be temporarily suspended with pay.

The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission filed a petition Friday with the Arkansas Supreme Court, asking for Saline County Circuit Court Judge Bobby McCallister's suspension pending disciplinary matters.

The commission says it appears McCallister did not file taxes between 1995 and 2014, but it isn't clear how much he may owe.

The commission filed charges of failing to pay taxes against McCallister on Tuesday. Hours later, a special prosecutor charged the judge with four felony charges of failing to pay taxes.

Online records show McCallister was booked into the Saline County Jail on Thursday and released the same day.

© 2018 Associated Press


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