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A Massachusetts state commission filed ethics charges Tuesday against a judge who won a $2 million libel award from the Boston Herald, accusing him of misconduct for writing threatening and intimidating letters to the newspaper’s publisher.

In the charges filed with the Massachusetts’ highest court, the Commission on Judicial Conduct alleged that Superior Court Judge Ernest Murphy engaged in “willful misconduct” that was unbecoming of a judicial officer and cast the judicial system in a bad light.

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