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Chief N.C. judge yields a top post over jokes

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A chief district judge resigned his leadership position amid criticism for sending around e-mails that poked fun at minorities or were sexually oriented.

William Daisy offered to resign the leadership post but will remain a judge, pending possible action by a disciplinary commission. His salary will drop from $113,135 to $109,556.

The resignation was accepted by state Supreme Court Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake on Tuesday. Lake said Daisy was a good man but the jokes were "totally inappropriate."

The punishment came on a complaint against Daisy filed with the Judicial Standards Commission, Lake has said.