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Former Kansas City municipal judge is charged with violating a protection order

Former Kansas City municipal judge Leonard S. Hughes III was charged Wednesday with violating a protection order.
Former Kansas City municipal judge Leonard S. Hughes III was charged Wednesday with violating a protection order.

A former Kansas City municipal judge has been charged with violating a protection order filed against him in September.

Leonard S. Hughes III, who supervised the court’s domestic violence docket before he retired in September, was charged Wednesday with three misdemeanor counts of violating a protection order. The three alleged violations occurred Dec. 20, 21 and 22, according to online Jackson County Circuit Court records.

Documents containing details of the allegations were not available Friday because the court was closed for the Christmas holiday.

Online records show that a protection order against Hughes, 62, was granted Sept. 15. The records do not identify the person who requested the order, and a lawyer representing that person did not return a phone call seeking comment Friday.

Hughes announced in early September that he was retiring at the end of that month to pursue a leadership position with the political organization Freedom Inc.

He appeared in court on the charges Wednesday and was ordered to appear in court again Jan. 7. Efforts to reach Hughes for comment were not immediately successful, and the records do not list a lawyer for him.

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