Judge suspended for living outside district

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Hennepin County judge has been suspended without pay for six months by the state Board on Judicial Standards.

The Minnesota Supreme Court has issued an opinion that finds Judge Patricia Kerr Karasov responsible for “very serious misconduct” for living at her Chisago County home from July to September of 2009. The state Constitution says judges must reside in the district they serve. The court also said the 60-year-old judge hindered the investigation into her living arrangements by failing to cooperate.

Karasov’s attorney, David Herr, tells the Star Tribune the judge bought the home in Chisago County to be closer to her sick father, who has since died.