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Judge Who Admitted Affair Removed from Cases


 A Randolph County judge who acknowledged having an affair with a community corrections official has been removed from hearing cases involving the county prosecutor’s office.
The state Supreme Court announced Chief Justice Robin Davis’ decision Friday involving Circuit Judge JaymieWilfong. Davis says the disqualification was warranted to avoid an appearance of impropriety.

Davis has appointed senior status judges Thomas Steptoe and Thomas Keadle to handle Wilfong’s cases temporarily.

Earlier this week the Judicial Investigation Commission charged Wilfong with violating judicial conduct codes. Wilfong reported her affair with former North Central Community Corrections director Travis Carter to the commission last October.

The commission says Wilfong carried on the affair in her judicial chambers between court proceedings.

Carter resigned his position with the corrections program in December.