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FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas panel says a judge who texted her step-sister's former husband to tell him to return a computer tablet has been sanctioned for violating four conduct rules.

Judge Annie Powell Hendricks referred to her position on the bench when she sent the text message with a warning to return an iPad or face possible criminal charges. She later told the man to "Choose your actions wisely" when he objected.

Lynn Weidman and her ex-husband, Terry Weidman of Fort Smith, were involved in a dispute over information contained on the iPad.

The Times Record newspaper of Fort Smith and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette of Little Rock reported the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission sent Hendricks a letter of "informal adjustment" on Friday.

It did not recommend any further penalty.

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