Judge Admits Wrongdoing In Child Welfare Rulings

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A state judge has admitted taking too long to issue child welfare rulings and is asking a disciplinary panel to approve a negotiated suspension of 30 business days.

The state Judicial Review Council is hearing the case against Superior Court Judge E. Curtissa Cofield. She and her lawyer reached a negotiated disposition with council staff.

Cofield admitted Wednesday to failing to issue decisions in the cases of 10 children in a timely manner in violation of state law, but is asking the council to dismiss an allegation she violated the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Child welfare officials say the late rulings delayed placement and adoption proceedings.

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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