PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A local Red Cross branch that is welcoming a retiring Philadelphia judge as its new CEO says it’s not concerned the judge was recently rebuked by the state Supreme Court.

Common Pleas Court Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes is set to take the helm of the southeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Red Cross on May 16.

The high court removed Hughes from a case last month after discovering she made disparaging comments about a defendant and then deleted them from the transcript.

Red Cross chapter Chairman Michael Coslov said in a statement Friday that Hughes has “the highest integrity, has impeccable credentials, and an outstanding reputation of fairness.”

Chapter spokesman Dave Schrader has said Hughes will not comment because she remains a sitting judge.

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