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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Ind. Courts - Judge Hanley is reprimanded

The Supreme Court has issued a 2-page public reprimand of John F. Hanley, Judge of the Marion Superior Court, who was arrested for DUI on Dec. 4, 2006. From the document:

Pursuant to a plea agreement, the Respondent pled guilty to the class A misdemeanor charge and the State dismissed the remaining two charges. The court sentenced the Respondent to one year in the Marion County Jail, suspended but for one day served, and to one year of probation. The court accepted additional terms of the plea agreement that included the suspension of the Respondent’s driver’s license for ninety days and the payment of fines, costs, and fees totaling $509.50. * * *

John F. Hanley, Judge of the Marion Superior Court, is hereby reprimanded. This discipline terminates the disciplinary proceedings relating to the circumstances giving rise to this cause. The costs of this proceeding are assessed against the Respondent.

For background, begin with this March 7, 2007 ILB entry, headed "Judicial commission charges judge after OWI conviction." A Dec. 7, 2006 Indianapolis Star story cited includes this quote:
Meg Babcock, a lawyer for the Judicial Qualifications Commission, declined to comment on Hanley's case but said the Supreme Court has disciplined five judges for drunken driving since 1986. Typically, judges facing a first drunken-driving offense were given a reprimand and allowed to remain on the bench.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 31, 2007 11:35 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions