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Thursday, May 08, 2014

Ind. Courts - "Judge at center of Clark Co. Drug Court Program loses primary"

Updating yesterday's ILB post, Renee Murphy reports for WHAS11:

CLARK CO., Ind. (WHAS11) -- The judge at the center of Clark County’s Drug Court Program lost the primary in Southern Indiana.

His staff has already been fired from the court program that has been under fire since allegations of illegal arrests and inmates sitting in jail longer than their sentence.

“He is obviously disappointed,” attorney Larry Wilder, who represents Judge Jerry Jacobi, said.

Jacobi lost in the primary on Tuesday night, May 6, to attorney Laura Harbison.

Harbison represented Cody Hendricks who is a drug court participant.

Hendricks said drug court staff arrested him at his job on Rocky's on the River when they didn't have arrest powers.

His allegations launched the criminal investigation into the drug court and lead to the director of that program and that bailiff being fired.

Jacobi’s attorney said he didn’t think that the investigation and allegations of drug court cost him his seat on the bench. * * *

Jacobi's challenger said while campaigning she didn't even talk about drug court.

“It was about campaigning for myself. For making sure the voters knew who I was as a candidate,” Laura Harbison, who won the primary, said.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 8, 2014 09:35 AM
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