Arkansas judge temporarily suspended over tax charges

An attorney for Saline County Circuit Court Judge Bobby McCallister told the state Supreme Court in a filing Monday the judge agrees to the temporary suspension until his tax case is resolved. (Photo courtesy Saline County Sheriff's Office)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas' highest court has ordered that a judge accused of failing to pay state and federal income taxes be temporarily suspended with pay.

The state Supreme Court on Monday ordered the suspension of Saline County Circuit Court Judge Bobby McCallister until a criminal case over the tax charges is resolved. The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission asked justices for McCallister's temporary suspension with pay after he was charged with four felony counts of failing to pay taxes. McCallister's attorney earlier Monday told the court the judge agreed to the temporary suspension.

McCallister also faces judicial misconduct charges from the commission. The commission has said it appears McCallister did not file taxes between 1995 and 2014, but it isn't clear how much he may owe.

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