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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Ind. Courts - "Two candidates vie for Cass County Circuit Court position"

Caitlin Huston has the long story in the Logansport Pharos-Tribune. The subhead: "Democrat Leo Burns running for re-election against Republican Douglas Cox." Some quotes from the concluding section of the story:

Both Cox and Burns have received reprimands from the Indiana Supreme Court. As Superior Court Judge, Cox received a 30-day-suspension in 1997 after the Supreme Court found that he had violated the Code of Judicial Conduct by increasing a woman’s sentence because she demanded a jury trial and for other misconduct involving her case.

In the initial interview, Cox apologized for the situation, saying that he was unaware at the time of some of the guidelines mandated by the state in sentencing.

“Simply, I made a mistake,” Cox said. “I learned from the mistake, and I’m a better judge because of it,”

However, he later added in a phone interview that he was not legally allowed to discuss the case.

“There is a system in place on all matters that happen in any trial court,” Cox said. “Appellate courts review the decisions, in this case conviction and sentence were affirmed. The parties also have the right to voice their complaints through another system. Judges are not able to discuss details of any case.”

Burns received a public reprimand in 2008 for a 2004 case where he had been an attorney on an appeal. The court found that Burns had failed to give a copy of the appellate court’s denial ruling to a defendant, causing the defendant to miss a deadline for filing another appeal.

Burns said he would not comment further on the case, but at the time he said he accepted the court’s ruling.

“I take full responsibility for my actions,” he said. “I accept the Supreme Court’s order as a fair and just resolution of this matter.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 28, 2012 01:53 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts