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Former New Orleans juvenile judge avoids prison

9 months 2 weeks 1 day ago February 18, 2016 Feb 18, 2016 Thursday, February 18 2016 February 18, 2016 5:27 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow
Image: WWL-TV

NEW ORLEANS - Former Orleans Parish Juvenile Court Judge Yolanda King, convicted in November of falsifying campaign documents, has avoided prison time.

Ad hoc Judge Michael Kirby sentenced King Thursday to two years of inactive probation and ordered her to pay court costs and a $1,000 fine.

Kirby said it would serve "no good purpose" to sentence King to jail time. She faced up to five years in prison.

King won a runoff in May 2013 for the judgeship but was indicted in March 2014 amid allegations that she had been living in Slidell despite listing a New Orleans home on a sworn affidavit.

King maintained her innocence Thursday, saying she will continue to fight what she described as a wrongful conviction.

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