State Judge Faces Disciplinary Hearing

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A state judge charged in a drunken driving case in 2008 is facing a disciplinary hearing for allegedly issuing child welfare decisions late.

The state Judicial Review Council has scheduled a public hearing in Hartford on Wednesday for Judge E. Curtissa Cofield.

The council found probable cause that Cofield violated state law and the Code of Judicial Conduct by missing deadlines to issue decisions in the cases of 10 children in state custody. Child welfare officials say the late rulings delayed placement and adoption proceedings.

Cofield has declined to comment on the allegations.

She was suspended for eight months after being accused of DUI in Glastonbury and using racial slurs while arguing with police officers in 2008. The charge was erased after she completed an alcohol education program.

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