What did Shull do when he took that "closer look?" We still don't know. The story ends there, for God's sake, except for this:
Scott JDR Judge Suspended
From staff reports, Scott County Star
A local juvenile and domestic relations court judge has been suspended following an incident that happened last month in Wise County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
Thirtieth Judicial District Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge James Michael Shull of Gate City was officially suspended after a formal complaint was filed against him for inappropriate behavior that occurred Dec. 15 in Wise.
According to courtroom witnesses, Shull was presiding over a case involving a woman, who was seeking a protective order from an abusive partner. The woman removed her pants two times in the courtroom to show injuries she alleged were caused by her partner.
After the second incident, Shull left the bench to “get a closer look” and went to look at the woman’s injuries. (link)
An employee of the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission declined to comment on the proceeding but did say all information found during the investigation remains confidential.It is all confidential except for this judge's ignominious suspension and the disqueting news of it (along with his photograph) being splashed across the front page of assorted area newspapers for all the world to see and draw conclusions.