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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Ind. Courts - More on "The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications has filed disciplinary charges against Tammy R. Davis, a candidate for judge of the Franklin Circuit Court."

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, here was the immediate response of one long-time IndyStar political reporter on Twitter:

Mary Beth Schneider @marybschneider

IN Judicial Qualifications commission files misconduct charges against Franklin Co. circuit judge candidate for saying inaccurate things ...

If every candidate I cover faced charges for saying inaccurate things, they would probably all be in the pokey.

Offering a different take, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette editorial column "Furthermore .." has this item this morning headed "Supreme Court polices judge-race charges":
Action the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications took this week might raise some free-speech questions, but voters tired of endless campaign allegations might find it refreshing.

The commission filed disciplinary charges against an attorney running for Franklin Circuit Court judge. The commission accused Tammy Davis of making misleading statements about the incumbent, Judge Steven Cox.

Davis accused the judge of releasing an inmate earlier than he should have, and the man he released went on to commit crimes that wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t been released early. However, Davis’ explanation of the timing of the release was wrong. Further, Davis also claimed the inmate was a childhood friend of the judge, but there is no evidence to support that accusation.

Worst of all, the commission alleges Davis knew her statements were inaccurate.

While Mitt Romney and President Obama can trade misleading, mean-spirited and even outright false allegations, it’s different for attorneys and would-be judges, who must follow codes of conduct. And in recent years, the Indiana Supreme Court has cracked down on attorneys who violate those codes.

The judicial commission has filed seven charges against Davis, accusing her of knowingly making misleading statements and committing actions that compromise “the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary.”

The state Supreme Court will appoint a three-person panel to conduct a public hearing on the allegations, which will almost certainly come after the election.

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Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 27, 2012 08:50 AM
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