Aug 7, 2010 4:58 PM by Chris Welty

Judge Who Turned Over Payroll Records Quits

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans city judge who turned over her
office's payroll records to federal investigators has resigned.
First elected in 1998, Sonja Spears has been living part time in
Massachusetts, where her children attend school. The Times-Picayune
reported that Spears and her husband own a $1.3 million house in a
Boston suburb.
Spears' spokeswoman, Tanzie Jones, wouldn't comment about the
resignation. It was submitted Tuesday and effective immediately.
Last spring, Jones said that the judge's children attend school
in Massachusetts and that Spears has had specialized medical
treatment in Massachusetts.
In May, prosecutors subpoenaed documents showing how many days
Spears worked, along with security video and payroll and expense


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