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Maui family court judge resigns as complaint filed

Maui family court judge resigns as complaint filed

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A family court judge on Maui who was unanimously confirmed last year resigned on the same day that a tampering complaint was filed against her.

Mimi DesJardins resigned as a 2nd Circuit Family Court judge on Tuesday, the same day a complaint was filed in Wailuku District Court charging her with tampering with a government record, the Maui News (http://is.gd/vToPOo) reported Friday.

The complaint alleges that the 51-year-old judge falsely made, completed or altered, or made a false entry in 10 court documents on Feb. 17, which was a Sunday. The judicial determination of probable cause documents are needed to hold someone in custody longer than 48 hours from the time of arrest.

DesJardins’ attorney, Philip Lowenthal, declined to comment. She is scheduled to appear May 2 in Wailuku District Court.

Deputy Attorney General Christopher Young said Wednesday that he could not provide additional details about the charge. The state attorney general’s office is investigating.

The charge of tampering with a government record is a misdemeanor offense carrying a penalty of up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

DesJardins was unanimously confirmed to the bench in late January 2012. Before DesJardins was appointed to be a Family Court judge, she was in private practice, handling family law and criminal cases since 1997. She had been a per diem district court judge since 2006.

She worked as a Maui County deputy corporation counsel from 1996 to 1997, as a deputy public defender from 1991 to 1996 and as a county deputy prosecuting attorney in 1991.

DesJardins earned her law degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law, now known as the Seattle University School of Law. She has been a member of the Washington bar since 1989 and the Hawaii bar since 1991.


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