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Friday, March 13, 2015

Ind. courts - Former Clerk Circuit Judge Jacobi reaches agreement with Judicial Disciplinary Commission

From this morning's news release:

The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications and former Clark Circuit Court Judge Jerry F. Jacobi have reached a stipulation and agreement for resolution of investigation. The three-page document is a matter of public record and concludes the Commission's investigation into the former judge with the agreement he will not serve as a judicial officer in the future.

Neither complaints filed with the Commission nor Commission investigations are public record. However, under the terms of the agreement, Judge Jacobi waived certain confidentiality provisions related to the Commission investigation--allowing the agreement to be made public. The agreement is attached.

Judge Jacobi's term expired December 31, 2014. While he was still in office, the Commission began investigating allegations of misconduct involving supervision of the Clark County Drug Court. The Commission was investigating whether he failed to supervise and train staff which resulted in drug court participants spending additional time in jail, failed in certain instances to advise participants they had the right to an attorney, failed to train employees about their limitations on detaining participants, and failed to immediately schedule certain hearings.

Judge Jacobi fully cooperated with the investigation, which was not completed. In exchange for his agreement not to serve in any judicial capacity in the future, the Commission is closing its investigation into alleged ethical misconduct and making no statement on whether any violation occurred.

Here is the 3-page "Stipulation and Agreement for Resolution of Investigation."

The ILB has a long list of posts re the problems at the Clark Co. Drug Court.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 13, 2015 09:22 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts