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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Ind. Courts - More on: "Scheibenberger faces ethics, misconduct charges"

Rebecca S. Green's report in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette yesterday afternoon is expanded in the version published in today's paper. Some quotes from today's story:

The first count of the document alleges Scheibenberger failed to uphold the integrity of the judiciary and to maintain high standards of conduct. The second count alleges he failed to avoid impropriety at all times or act in a manner promoting the public’s confidence in the integrity of the judiciary. The third count alleges he committed conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice, and the fourth count alleges Scheibenberger committed willful misconduct while in office, according to court documents. * * *

It is not the first time Scheibenberger, appointed to the bench in 1991 then elected in 1992, has found himself in hot water. In December 2002, the judge drew a public admonition from the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications for conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice. When his son was arrested for a misdemeanor in 2001, Scheibenberger obtained his son’s criminal file from a clerk’s office employee and made an entry delaying the case to give his son more time to prepare for an upcoming hearing, an action the commission found violated judicial canons prohibiting judges from using the power of their offices to advance private interests.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 16, 2008 08:06 AM
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