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Monday, February 09, 2015

Ind. Courts - Fremont Town Court Judge Martha C. Hagerty admonished and agrees to retire

From an Indiana Courts news release issued this morning:

The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications has issued a Public Admonition to Fremont Town Court Judge Martha C. Hagerty. The Admonition is the result of Judge Hagerty assuming the role of prosecutor, permitting traffic ticket deferral payments to be sent directly to the court (rather than to the prosecutor) and engaging in ex parte communication (speaking with only one side of a case).

The Commission determined that formal disciplinary charges are warranted against Judge Hagerty and notes the 2012 Public Admonition she received for similar conduct.

However, rather than filing misconduct charges, the Commission is issuing a second Admonition. Judge Hagerty admits her actions violated the Indiana Code of Judicial Conduct; she took corrective action and agreed she would not serve as a judge after retiring later this year. The admonition states, “the Commission would have been inclined to pursue a stronger course of action” had the circumstances been different.

Here is the detailed public admonition.

Note: The above admonition is located in an interesting chronological file of earlier such admonitions.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 9, 2015 09:12 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts