Judge Who Presided Over Drug Cases Admits To Being Drug Mule

Virginia Ward, a Utah judge since 2002, said she was using drugs for neck pain

Judge Arrested Utah
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A Utah judge has pleaded guilty to felony drug possession after police caught her delivering the pain killer Oxycodone to her dealer, The Salt Lake City Tribune reports. Virginia Ward, 46, a judge since 2002, hasn't sat behind the bench in almost five months. She presided over many cases of misdemeanor drug charges, but she's now seeing the courtroom from a drug defendant's perspective.

Ward faces up to 15 years in prison for possessing the highly addictive pain pill. She was investigated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which staked out a UPS store where she allegedly picked up drugs.

The DEA ultimately confiscated 398 Oxycodone pills from two shipments, the Associated Press reported.

Ward, who said she used Oxycodone for neck pain, admitted knowing that her dealer would illegally distribute the pills, according to the Tribune. She said she completed a similar transaction with him before, in exchange for some of the Oxycodone.

She resigned on Aug. 19. In a letter to Salt Lake City Justice Court Director Curtis Preece, Ward wrote, "I ... deeply apologize."

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jennifer

What if she's not LDS. What if you knew the totality of the circumstances behind the case at sentencing like she read ALL of the pre sentence reports before she pasted judgment on offenders. Hate the sin not the sinner. When you know all aspects of a case and are able to make an informed decision then you may judge, that is what a judge does. There is more to this story than meets the eye and which ever one of you that has done no wrong, has no skeletons in your closet go ahead and cast the first stone. Until then take your righteous indignation and stick it.

December 10 2013 at 6:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GOBGOTZ

Now this **** should have known better. No wait, she DID know better
but still chose to do this therefore becoming a mule/criminal. I say give
her one year less that the Max. Too bad Madam Your Honor, but you knew
what you were doing!

October 06 2013 at 4:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rich

Another reminder that we need to be drug testing every corporate executive, politician, judge, police officer, etc. on a regular basis. Because only a very backwards society drug tests people at the bottom of the responsibility chain.....but not at the top. This goes double for those states that drug test welfare and unemployment benefit recipients. What's good for the goose is good for the gander and if these powerful people who make the rules are as pure as they are presenting themselves to be I'm sure the occasional drug test will present no problems for them.

September 01 2013 at 3:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dizziedars

"And Justice for ALL"

August 31 2013 at 4:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

OK. What would she give someone else for the same crime? Double that and you will have justice. She was suppose to be part of the system that protects us from people like her.

August 31 2013 at 12:07 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
cenvalref

She'll walk.. she be disbarred and shamed and they'll think that's enough punishment. Myself I think she should get prison time. I would go back look at cases similar to hers and see what she gave them. Give her the same..

August 31 2013 at 12:01 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mjoutfit

LDS?

August 30 2013 at 11:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jluvnlife77

Maybe she would do well to stand before the parents of those that have died as a result of an overdose of this drug. She is quite possibly a killer as well as a dealer!

August 30 2013 at 10:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
darrellnls

A white lady ..she is looking at some big time.... .in her home because she is only going to get a misd charged and 1/2 years probation. Just like that child molester who got 30 days or what ever and the child committed suicide. This same judge I bet ruled a 1st time black kid getting caught with one joint that he get charged with a felony.

August 30 2013 at 9:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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terwalk2

you want cheese with that whine?

August 30 2013 at 10:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sue

Those who enforce the laws on others while breaking the laws themselves should have their sentences doubled. That goes for ANY and ALL-POLICE, JUDGES, COURT EMPLOYEES, PRISON GUARDS, ETC, ETC, ETC, FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL.

August 30 2013 at 9:15 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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relims711

I absolutely, 100 per cent, agree with you there. Oh! except I think their sentences should be 5 fold. Just for the record I am not a felon nor have I ever been involved with police or judicial authorities but I have witnessed, first hand, what goes on in this, so called, free America with it's corrupt, and badly flawed, judicial system.

August 31 2013 at 5:08 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
GOBGOTZ

Sue, I have to go along with you. She knew better but still chose
to break the law for herself. Give her 1 year less than the Max!

October 06 2013 at 4:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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