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The State Court of Appeals decided Thursday to suspend a judge who has been accused of making racial remarks while on the bench.

The state's highest court announced that Onondaga County Judge J. Kevin Mulroy would be suspended while he waits for its review of his disciplinary case. The suspension is effective immediately, the court said.

The Commission on Judicial Conduct recommended that Mulroy be removed from the bench after finding he made disparaging ethnic and racial comments and testified falsely or recklessly as a character witness in the forgery and larceny trial of a lawyer.

Mulroy, 47, is appealing that decision to the Court of Appeals.

A final decision can be expected within four to five months. The Court of Appeals can uphold the commission's decision, reduce the sanction or vacate the recommendation.

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