Court clerk spared jail for accessing confidential databases

Jan. 22, 2014 at 5:43 PM
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ST. LOUIS, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A former court clerk in Missouri who got into trouble for taking on the responsibilities of a vacationing judge was given probation in an unrelated case.

Whitney Tyler, 28, admitted Friday she accessed confidential databases to look at her own driving record and those of her father and friends, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. She pleaded guilty to misusing official information.

Tyler was given six months probation with her record cleared if she completes the terms successfully.

Tyler had been deputy court clerk to Associate Circuit Judge Barbara Peebles in St. Louis, who was suspended in 2012 after the Post-Dispatch reported Tyler made decisions for her while she was vacationing in China.

Those included dismissing five cases, continuing more than 300 and telling lawyers that decisions on reducing bail would have to wait until Peebles returned.

The Missouri Supreme Court suspended Peebles for six months without pay last year.

Tyler is "looking for a job, trying to move on, ready to move on," her lawyer, Kristy Ridings, said Tuesday.

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