The state Judicial Ethics Commission accused 42nd Judicial Circuit Judge Jamie Jameson of using his influence to try to silence WKMS reporters.

The commission said Jameson, who presides over Marshall and Calloway counties, tried to block the western Kentucky public radio station from running a story about the judge walking around the courthouse in subterranean clothes.

According committee documents and an interview with WKMS staff, Jameson learned that a WKMS reporter had filed a request to record video footage that he said would show Jameson wandering around the Marshall County court building partially dressed.

When Jameson learned of the request for the recordings, he called Chad Lampe, who was station manager for WKMS at the time. According to Judicial Conduct Commission charging documents, Jameson pressured Lampe not to pursue the story, saying he contacted officials at Murray State University, which holds the WKMS license.

“You told Mr. Lampe that you had already spoken to the president of the university and you told Mr. Lampe that the president was unhappy,” the commission’s report said. “You asked Mr. Lampe to confirm that the news station was not going to air a report on the footage of you walking around the courthouse in your underwear.”

The request to register the images was refused by the Administrative Office of the Courts. WKMS news director Derek Operle said he had already decided not to appeal the denial of the recording request when he received a call from Lampe, saying he had spoken to the judge.

During the call, Operle said, Lampe relayed the judge’s explanation of her state of undress, which was “very personal in nature,” Operle told WFPL News.

“But not something that really reached the level of a news story,” he said.

WKMS never published the story.

“It wasn’t something the public needed to be aware of.”

According to commission documents, after Lampe’s phone call with Jameson, university provost Tim Todd asked Lampe to provide more information about the request for documents.

Operle said Lampe did not tell him that Jameson was going to Murray State administration and that he did not feel pressured one way or another about the story.

“The WKMS press team does not respond to threats of pressure or compromise its editorial integrity for anyone in any position,” Operle said.

But he said, having read the latest charges against the judge, he is concerned that pressure appears to have been attempted.

The commission found that Jameson’s actions violated numerous judicial codes of conduct, including the duty to obey the law and act in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity of the judiciary. The commission also found that Jameson violated codes of conduct that prohibit a judge from abusing his power to advance his personal interests.

The charges are the latest in a long list against Jameson, many of which have been covered by WKMS.

jameson is currently suspended from the bench due to previous allegations of misconduct.

Neither Jameson, Todd, nor University President Bob Jackson’s office responded to requests for comment by our deadline.

This story can be updated.