NKY judge Ann Ruttle suspended without pay

Kenton District Judge Ann Ruttle in 2012

The Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission punished another Northern Kentucky judge, according to court documents. 

The commission suspended Kenton County District Court Judge Ann Ruttle without pay for seven days from April 15 to April 22. Ruttle violated three rules in the Code of Judicial Conduct for the way she handled court proceedings last summer, the commission wrote.  

The Enquirer was unable to immediately reach Ruttle for comment. 

Ruttle first won election as a judge in 1994. She is the Chief District Court Judge for Kenton County; there are two other regular District Court judges. 

According to court documents she erred when she: 

  • Required defendants in criminal trials to file written demands for jury trials 
  • Made comments to Department of Public Advocacy attorneys that were "not patient, dignified, and courteous." 
  • Suggested an unrepresented person enter into a plea agreement that "could be reasonably be perceived as coercive."   

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