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AG: Pa. judge threw out her traffic tickets

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Kelly Ballentine Kelly Ballentine
LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Lancaster County judge is accused of using her position to dismiss traffic tickets issued to her by police.

District judge Kelly Ballentine, 43, of Lancaster, dismissed one ticket for an expired registration on her BMW sedan and two for parking violations in front of her North Street home, according to a news release from Attorney General Linda Kelly.

The citations were issued by Lancaster City police in November 2010. Each of the violations occurred within Ballentine's district.

Kelly said that when the fines went unpaid and Ballentine was sent a summons, she accessed court records and dismissed the charges.

She was charged with three counts of conflict of interest and six counts of tampering with public records, all third-degree felonies punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines.

She was also charged with three counts of obstruction, all second-degree misdemeanors punishable by up to two years in prison and $5,000 fines.

She was released on $25,000 unsecured bail after surrendering to state agents and a preliminary arraignment on Monday.

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