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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ind. Courts - Supreme Court orders Delaware County judges to temporarily take over Muncie City Court duties

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 18th, Douglas Walker and Keith Roysdon report this evening in the Muncie Star-Press in a story that begins:

MUNCIE – Delaware County’s five Circuit Court judges are presiding over Muncie City Court in the absence of Dianna Bennington.

The Indiana Supreme Court on Dec. 18 suspended Bennington from her duties as City Court judge, with pay, pending resolution of a 13-count complaint filed by the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualification.

The commission’s complaint accused the 43-year-old Bennington — who was elected judge in 2011 — of abusing her judicial power and engaging in “injudicious and prejudicial public conduct.”

Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush signed the order suspending Bennington after what court records reflect was a unanimous decision to do so by the five justices.

Another Supreme Court justice, Brent Dickson, later signed an order temporarily assigning the Delaware Circuit Court judges — Marianne Vorhees, Kimberly Dowling, Linda Ralu Wolf, John Feick and Thomas Cannon Jr. — “to sit as judge of the Muncie City Court, effective immediately and until further order of this court.”

“This order shall be sufficient authority for the judges to continue the employment of court personnel and otherwise discharge the duties of judge of the Muncie City Court,” Dickson wrote.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 23, 2014 06:37 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts