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Judge Nye returns to the bench in Hopewell

Hopewell General District Judge Kenneth Nye has been cleared to hold court again as a retired judge.

Nye presided over court Thursday, according to court clerk Deborah Hatcher.

Nye was asked to step aside from judicial duties in April after Hopewell Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Newman complained about Nye’s practices as a judge, including an alleged conflict of interest.

Chief Justice Cynthia Kinser notified Nye June 15 that he had been reinstated as a “retired/ subject-to-recall” judge, according to Nye’s attorney, Peter Eliades.

“Obviously, he is pleased to have this behind him, and he looks forward to substituting in Hopewell and surrounding jurisdictions,” Eliades said in an email.

Newman’s complaint claimed Nye had a conflict in hearing cases involving the Hopewell housing authority. Nye is a principal in a residential rental business that benefits from public housing vouchers from the authority, according to Newman’s April 13 letter to Kinser.

Newman did not immediately return a call requesting comment.

By Peter Vieth

 

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