Monday, August 26, 2013
Ind. Courts - Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications has filed disciplinary charges against the Honorable Kimberly J. Brown of the Marion Superior Court
From the news release:
The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications has filed disciplinary charges against the Honorable Kimberly J. Brown of the Marion Superior Court. The Commission alleges 45 counts of misconduct—including that Judge Brown’s conduct led to defendants being incarcerated beyond the dates they should have been released.Here is the 12-page verified petition for interim suspension
Procedurally, the 53-page “Notice of the Institution of Formal Proceedings and Statement of Charges” has been filed with the Appellate Clerk’s office. The charges are only allegations. Only the Indiana Supreme Court can determine whether and what, if any, misconduct occurred. Judge Kimberly Brown has the opportunity to file a formal Answer to the charges within twenty days of being notified that she is facing judicial misconduct charges.
Generally, the charges allege Judge Kimberly Brown violated the Code of Judicial Conduct while serving as an elected Judge in Marion Criminal Court Division 16 and Criminal Court Division 7. The allegations include:
The charges center on actions that took place from January 2009 through July 2013. The Commission alleges, “defendants suffered detrimental consequences due to the judge’s failure to rule on motions in a timely fashion.” She is accused of continuing bench trials for extended periods if she did not believe they could be completed by 4 p.m. and making derogatory comments about staff members. Judge Brown has a high rate of staff turnover, and is alleged to have fired a staff member she believed complained about her.
- delay and dereliction of judicial duties on cases
- creation of a hostile environment for attorneys, court staff, clerks and others
- failure to adequately complete necessary paperwork
- failure to train or adequately supervise court staff and subordinate judicial officers
- delay in the release from incarceration of at least nine defendants
Judge Kimberly Brown faces charges of violating the Code of Judicial Conduct, including that she failed to preserve the integrity of the judiciary; perform judicial duties competently, diligently, and promptly; be patient, dignified, and courteous to all individuals with whom the judge deals in an official capacity; cooperate with other judges and court officials in the administration of court business; and require court staff to act in a manner consistent with the judge’s obligations under the Code of Judicial Conduct.
Here is an initial IndyStar story.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 26, 2013 01:25 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts