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Kent Co. Orphan’s Court judge resolves disciplinary case over DUI

A disciplinary case against a Kent County Orphan’s Court judge has been resolved confidentially, the Commission on Judicial Disabilities announced Thursday.

Judge Amy L. Nickerson was charged with violating the Maryland Code of Judicial Conduct last year after she received probation before judgment in July 2018 for driving under the influence earlier that year. The charges were filed in October 2018 but not made public until Dec. 13, when Nickerson filed a response.

A hearing set for April was canceled and the case was stayed. A new hearing, set for Dec. 5, was canceled Thursday, according to the commission, due to “an agreement for corrective or remedial action being reached in this matter.” The agreement is confidential, according to the notice.

Nickerson was unavailable for comment Thursday.

In her response last year, Nickerson, who was representing herself, said she “sincerely apologizes to the citizens of Kent County and the State of Maryland for her conduct and actions.” She also pointed out that despite the publicity her arrest and trial brought, voters still elected her to a second term on the primary and general election ballots.

The commission determined Nickerson’s actions constituted “conduct that was prejudicial to the proper administration of justice in Maryland.”

Nickerson called the incident “isolated and not a pattern or routine behavior” and said she would consent to an appropriate reprimand.

Specifically, Nickerson, writing in the third-person, said she sought a private reprimand because she was “extremely apologetic and remorseful for her actions” and was “forthcoming to any member of the general public and her colleagues regarding her conduct.” She also said she would accept a public reprimand.

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