A former Berrien County judge who has been in trouble with the law before, was on the other side of the bench again Tuesday.
Retired trial court judge Lynda Tolen was arraigned Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence.
Tolen was arrested December 22 and bonded out the next day.
A copy of the complaint against Tolen obtained by Newscenter 16 says there was an assault against a woman named Lisa Brasseur. The complaint also listed two witnesses.
Tolen was previously arrested and served 20 days behind bars for a 2010 drunk driving charge.
Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Mike Sepic told Newscenter 16 on Wednesday that he has petitioned the State Attorney General's office to disqualify Berrien County from the case because of Tolen's past affiliation with the court. If approved, another county will hear the case.
Judge Tolen was also married to former Prosecutor Jim Cherry, who died in 2007.