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In re Inquiry Concerning Judge Hartsfield After being privately cautioned by the Judicial Standards Commission, respondent continued to have ex parte communications with traffic court defendants and to make decisions in traffic cases when the defendant was not present, not represented, and had not consented to judgment. Respondent thereby engaged in willful misconduct in office and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice that brings the judicial office into disrepute.

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