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November 6, 2023

Yavapai County State Judge Resigns After DUI

A local judge in Yavapai County has been forced to resign. 

Superior Court Judge Cele Hancock was arrested in March for driving under the influence (DUI).

As part of her plea deal, she has agreed to resign from her post. 

Time to Retire

According to local reports, the judge was spotted walking out of a grocery store, stumbling and showing signs of intoxication as she left. 

After she was arrested, her cases were reassigned to other judges as a precautionary measure. 

Hancock also signed a provision that will prevent her from holding any judiciary office in the future. 

This was the only way that Hancock was able to avoid any disciplinary sanctions. 

Hancock was first elected to office in 2010, ending her tenure on the bench after 13 years. 

This has been a bit of a problem for public officials as of late, as there was also a Los Angeles City Council member candidate who faced DUI charges after having been involved in an accident. 

Wendy Carrillo crashed into a bunch of parked cars, ending her hopes of starting her political career. 

There was recently another local politician who was seen passed out in his car. 

When police approached the car, they saw what appeared to be a crack pipe in the man’s hand. The officer woke him up, he quickly ditched the pipe and claimed that he had only pulled over because he was tired and wanted to take a nap.

Unfortunately for the official, the officer’s bodycam was on and recorded the entire incident, so he eventually resigned in disgrace.

It is just a shame that we have all these people who are supposed to be setting the example, yet they are the ones getting into trouble. The entire system needs a massive reset as "public servants" seem to clearly have forgotten the actual purpose of these positions.

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