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MACOMB — The Court of Appeals has concluded that Macomb Justice Lafayette D. Young Jr. should be removed from office as determined by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

The commission had found Mr. Young in violation of six misconduct charges. Mr. Young asked the Court of Appeals for a review.

Mr. Young was accused of failing to disqualify himself in cases involving a woman who lived with him. Mr. Young argued that Robyne Petrie-Platt was not his girlfriend.

The Court of Appeals found that Mr. Young engaged in serious misconduct and that in many cases, he showed favoritism toward the relatives of Ms. Petrie-Platt. The court also determined that Mr. Young took part in conversations outside the courtroom, further highlighting his close relationship to the Petrie family and his partiality toward them.

“Such conduct demonstrates a misuse of his judicial office and damages public confidence in his integrity and impartiality,” the court decision stated.

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