CINCINNATI -- In a rare move, a judicial conduct panel has recommended that 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.
A spokeswoman for Boyce F. Martin says that he contested some claims but conceded some mistakes. Martin is based in Louisville, Ky.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that 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.
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 Martin's retirement last August.
Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com