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Hearing Today On Connecticut Judge

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File photo of a gavel (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

File photo of a gavel (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A disciplinary panel is holding a public hearing on whether a Connecticut judge issued child welfare rulings late in violation of state law and ethics rules.

The state Judicial Review Council is hearing the case against Superior Court Judge E. Curtissa Cofield on Wednesday.

The council has 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 not commented on the allegations.

The council suspended her for eight months in 2009 after she was accused of drunken driving and using racial slurs while arguing with Glastonbury police.

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