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Judge Resigns After Sex Calls Revealed

A judge resigned just hours after a newspaper obtained records showing he had dialed phone sex services 124 times from his courthouse phone.

Hugh Black, a Berrien County District Court judge since 1973, said in a statement Thursday night that he was quitting “due to continuing difficulties with my hearing.”

But in an interview with The Herald-Palladium on Friday, he apologized for the calls.

“I deeply regret what has occurred and the impact it has had on the community, the court, my family and friends. I apologize to them all.”

Records show that 124 calls were made to 800 and 888 phone numbers from May 19 through Monday, the newspaper said. Twenty-two calls were made on May 20, including 12 from 9:55 a.m. until noon.

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