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BLOOMINGTON — A special prosecutor will review possible charges against the former wife of a McLean County judge, following an incident Christmas Eve at the judge's home, State’s Attorney Don Knapp said Monday.

Bloomington police confirmed that officers were called to the Bloomington home of William Yoder around 11:30 p.m. Dec. 24 for a disturbance.

Judy Yoder was arrested on preliminary misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass to a residence, according to Officer John Ferman, a spokesman for the BPD.  

After officers arrived, Judy Yoder was taken to the McLean County jail where she was booked and released after posting $185 bond.

Knapp said the state Office of Appellate Prosecutor has agreed to handle the case that poses a potential conflict of interest for the McLean County State's Attorney's Office.

"As the individual claiming to be the victim of a crime is a sitting judge that presides over felony cases brought by this office, I believe it is prudent to seek a special prosecutor to remove even the inference of impropriety," Knapp said on Monday.

Knapp said he will file a motion formally requesting the review by the outside agency.

The Yoders did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the incident.

William and Judy Yoder divorced in July 2017. The judge and coroner were married in September 2018.

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McLean County Courts Reporter

McLean County courts reporter for The Pantagraph.