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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Ind. Courts - "Jeffersonville abolishes city court as judge cries foul"

Updating what turns out to be a long list of ILB entries mentioning the "Jeffersonville City Court," dating back to 2006, WAVE 3 News reports today in a story that begins:

The Jeffersonville City Council voted overwhelmingly Monday to abolish the city's court, which has seen a dramatic decline in cases as its judge accused others of a conspiracy.

The 7-0 vote came despite pleas from Judge Ken Pierce, who tried to explain potential cost-cutting moves to council members. Pierce's opponents said his court's $437,000 budget wasn't justifiable because it handles fewer than half the cases it did two years ago.

“This is just a step we feel we need to take to close down an inefficient and underutilized court,” said Councilman Matt Owen, the Republican who sponsored the legislation.

City court collections have fallen from $176,000 in 2009 to just $87,000 last year, according to numbers provided by Pierce. He blamed the Indiana State Police for diverting their Jeffersonville arrest cases away from the court because of a vendetta against him.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 2, 2014 11:59 AM
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