LITTLE ROCK — A state panel that monitors judicial conduct asked the Arkansas Supreme Court on Friday to suspend a Saline County circuit judge accused of failing to pay taxes.

The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission filed a petition with the state’s top court seeking a temporary suspension, with pay, of Judge Bobby McCallister until all pending disciplinary proceedings against him are resolved.

The commission said it met in special session and concluded that felony criminal charges filed Tuesday “adversely affect the ability of Judge McCallister to perform the duties of his office.”

McCallister faces four counts of failing to pay taxes or file tax returns. The offenses allegedly occurred in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

McCallister surrendered Thursday to state police and was booked into jail and released.

On the same say the criminal charges were filed, the commission said it was filing its own charges against McCallister. McCallister has 30 days from the filing date to respond.

McCallister did not immediately file a response Friday to the commission’s petition with the Supreme Court seeking his suspension.

McCallister has been on the bench since 2009. His annual salary is $160,000.


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