Judge reprimanded for lengthy time before ruling

Judge Gary Henderson

A Mecklenburg County judge has been publicly reprimanded by the state Supreme Court for failing to issue a ruling in a routine court case until more than two years after the last hearing.

In an order handed down Friday, the state’s highest court agreed with the findings of the Judicial Standards Commission that District Judge Gary Henderson’s conduct undermined public confidence in the courts, violated judicial conduct and failed “to maintain professional competence.”

Henderson, a Democrat, has expressed remorse for his actions and fully cooperated with the commission’s investigation, according to the court’s order.