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Bell County JP Reprimanded Over $4-Billion Bond

A Central Texas court official who was criticized for imposing a $4 billion bond on a murder suspect and for overseeing a court hearing involving her son has been reprimanded by a state judicial panel.

The Temple Daily Telegram reports the State Commission on Judicial Conduct issued its reprimand Thursday to Bell County Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown.

She had faced a petition to remove her from office but will remain and have to undergo additional judicial education.

Brown said she agreed with the commission's decision.

Brown had said she set the high bond earlier this year as a protest against the legal system.

The Bell County District Attorney's office reviewed her cases after Brown dropped some bonds below recommended levels for some defendants accused of violent crimes.

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