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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Ind. Courts - "Longtime Allen Superior Court Magistrate Marcia L. Linsky resigned Tuesday."

That is from the FWJG report.

Jeff Neumeyer and Eric Dutkiewicz have much more, including much video, at INCNowTV, reporting:

At least two local attorneys tell 21Alive they have first-hand knowledge that Linsky was escorted from the Charles "Bud" Meeks Justice Center Tuesday afternoon.

Linsky served in the Allen County Superior Court's criminal division since August of 1999, handling misdemeanor and traffic cases.

There were ongoing concerns about Linsky's demeanor in the courtroom, three local attorneys say. Specifically, they add, there were concerns about how Linsky interacted with and treated defendants and others she was in contact with on a regular basis.

The tipping point for Linsky's ouster may have come as a result of complaints being taken directly to Linsky's superiors.

Three superior court judges and two other magistrates will help cover Linsky's caseload until a replacement is chosen. That process could take a few weeks.

The position pays roughly $108,000 annually.

Kevin Leininger of the News-Sentinel reports:
An Allen Superior Court Magistrate has resigned after 14 years on the bench. * * *

Although magistrates have authority similar to judges, they are appointed and are not subject to retention by the public.

A defense attorney, however, suggested Linsky’s “highly inappropriate” conduct on the bench may have contributed to her exit.

“I talked to (Judge) Fran Gull about her conduct several times, and others did, too,” said the attorney, who asked not to be named. The attorney said Linsky would often spend court time berating attorneys – a practice the attorney said shocked and puzzled relatives from another country who were visiting her courtroom.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 28, 2013 01:21 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts