NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court is allowing a former judge that it disbarred to practice law again.
The court, in a Friday opinion adopted by a 5-2 vote, said former Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge C. Hunter King, could rejoin the bar.
In 2003, the high court removed King from the bench after court employees complained King was threatening to fire them if they didn't sell fundraiser tickets to repay his campaign debt.
In 2007, King pleaded guilty to a single charge saying he encouraged staffers to work on his campaign during court hours.
King received a six-month suspended jail sentence and six months unsupervised probation. The judge then set aside King's plea after probation.
Still, a sharply divided Supreme Court voted 4-3 in 2010 to disbar King.