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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ind. Courts - Still more on "Judicial Qualifications Commission files charges against Muncie City Court Judge"

Moving at unprecedented speed (in the ILB's memory), the Supreme Court today acted on the Judicial Qualifications Commission petition filed with the Court Dec. 15th. The Court ordered that Judge Bennington be suspended with pay, until further notice, effective at midnight:

On December 11 , 2014, the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications ("Commission") filed a "Notice of the Institution of Formal Proceedings and Statement of Charges" against Respondent, the Honorable Dianna L. Bennington, Judge ofthe Muncie City Court. Four days later, the Commission filed a "Verified Petition for Interim Suspension" pursuant to Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 25(VIII)(E), which provides, "Upon petition by the Commission, the Supreme Court may impose, pending the disposition offormal charges, an interim suspension with pay ifthe Court deems the interim suspension necessary to protect public confidence in the integrity of the judiciary."

Having considered the Commission's Verified Petition for Interim Suspension, the Court hereby GRANTS the Verified Petition. Pursuant to Admission and Discipline 25(VIII)(E), Dianna L. Bennington is hereby SUSPENDED FROM OFFICE WITH PAY effective at 12:00 a.m. on Friday, December 19, 2014. This suspension will continue in effect until further order ofthis Court.

Here is the most recent earlier ILB entry, from Dec. 15th.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 18, 2014 06:49 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions