Libby Judge Removed From Office

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – The Montana Supreme Court is removing a Libby judge from office following allegations of sexual misconduct.

The order confirms an earlier recommendation from the state Judicial Standards Commission. Nine women say that Lincoln County Justice of the Peace Gary D. Hicks offered leniency in exchange for sexual favors.

The Supreme Court agreed that Hicks violated judicial ethics.

The court ordered his salary terminated Tuesday, and ordered he be removed from office.

The court wrote that the bulk of the allegations against Hicks were proven by “clear and convincing evidence.”

During an August hearing, Hicks was also accused of making inappropriate comments about the women’s appearance and stopping by several of their homes.

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