Judge suspended after state commission complaint

An judge has been suspended with pay after the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission filed a complaint against her.{} The complaint, filed last week against Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Dorothea Batiste, claims that she entered unlawful contempt orders for the arrest of parties or witnesses in divorce cases.{} An attorney for Batiste denied the allegations in the complaint, saying the charges against her were being led by a former Jefferson County judge.{} The lawyer, Julian McPhillips, said a judge must have the power to issue contempt charges or lose control of the courtroom.{} Batiste was elected in 2010 and took office in January 2011.{} She is 1 of 3 judges presiding over divorces in the Domestic Relations Division of the Jefferson County Circuit Court.