Former N.O. judge disbarred

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A divided Louisiana Supreme Court has disbarred a former New Orleans judge who was kicked off the bench in 2003 for making staffers campaign for him, then lying about it.

The court already had suspended C. Hunter King, who was a civil district judge in Orleans Parish. On Friday, it ruled that King's law license should be revoked. Three of the seven justices dissented, noting that - after probation - the judge set aside King's guilty plea in 2007 to conspiracy to commit public payroll fraud.

In his plea, King admitted encouraging staff members to participate in campaign activities on court time. He received a six-month suspended jail sentence. The state Supreme Court ruled that conviction can be the basis for discipline even though it was later set aside.

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