In a rare move, a judicial conduct panel has recommended the U.S. Department of Justice investigate thousands of dollars in travel expenses by the former chief judge of the federal appeals court in Cincinnati.
Judge Boyce F. Martin, based in Louisville, Ky., tells The Cincinnati Enquirer he did nothing wrong.
Court records indicate the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' current chief judge raised concerns about questionable reimbursement requests from Martin between 2008 and 2012. The records don't provide details, but most judges on the court have to travel to hearings in Cincinnati.
Martin's spokeswoman says he agreed to repay reimbursements totaling $138,500. She says the amount in question was only "a fraction" of that.
Records indicate the scrutiny over expenses was a factor in Boyce's retirement last August.