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Friday, August 05, 2016

Ind. Courts - "Floyd County prosecutor asked to resign, withdraw candidacy for judge"

Updating earlier ILB posts on the hearing officer report, from yesterday afternoon and this morning, Elizabeth DePompei of the New Albany News & Tribune is now reporting:

FLOYD COUNTY β€” The Floyd County Democratic Party chairman has called for Keith Henderson to resign as prosecutor and withdraw from the race for Circuit Court judge.

Adam Dickey released a statement Thursday night after an Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission hearing officer released a report finding that Henderson violated rules of ethics for public attorneys. The alleged misconduct is related to Henderson entering an agreement to co-author a book detailing the David Camm trials. * * *

Dickey, Floyd County Democratic Party Chairman, said people throughout the country are tired of "self-serving politicians" and called for Henderson to resign.

"His behavior while in office sets a dangerous precedent and hurts the reputation of our county," Dickey wrote.

Dickey also called for Henderson to resign from the race for Circuit Court judge. Henderson, a Republican, is running against incumbent Circuit Court Judge Terrence Cody.

Pippen's findings also address allegations that Henderson was dishonest in requesting county money to pay for his legal fees in the ethics case against him. Pippen said the Disciplinary Commission failed to "present clear and convincing evidence" that Henderson violated any rules related to those funds.

"While the hearing officer did not offer an opinion on the legality of the payments made by Floyd County on claims submitted by Mr. Henderson for his personal legal fees in defending the disciplinary case, it is well past time for him to repay all $27,539.55 of taxpayer funds expended on his behalf," Dickey said in the statement. β€œIt’s time we elected people of high morals that can help rebuild the trust citizens have lost in their government. Mr. Henderson is not that person.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 5, 2016 11:29 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts