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Monday, February 20, 2017

Ind. Decisions - Supreme Court issues judicial disciplinary action

In In the Matter of the Honorable T. Edward Page, Senior Judge, a 2-page, 5-0, per curiam ruling, the Court writes:

Respondent was arrested and subsequently charged in Porter Superior Court with Class A misdemeanor Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Endangering a Person, Class C misdemeanor Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, and Class A misdemeanor Operating a Vehicle with an Alcohol Concentration Equivalent to .15 or More. On November 15, 2016, he pleaded guilty under a plea agreement to Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, a Class C misdemeanor, and the State dismissed the remaining charges. The trial court entered judgment of conviction against on the Cmisdemeanor offense and sentenced Respondent to 60 days in jail, with 59 days suspended and credit for 1 day served in jail. The court also placed Respondent on unsupervised probation for 180 days, imposed an ignition interlock requirement on his driving privileges until December 7, 2016, and imposed fines and court costs of $883.50.

Respondent and the Commission agree that by being arrested and convicted for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Respondent violated Code of Judicial Conduct Rule 1.1 requiring judges to comply with the law, and Rule 1.2 requiring judges to avoid impropriety and to act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity of the judiciary.

The parties cite no facts in aggravation. In mitigation, they agree that Respondent immediately self-reported his misconduct and voluntarily contacted the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP); that he is compliant with all JLAP requests; that he has been fully cooperative with the Commission throughout its investigation; and that he is remorseful for his conduct. They also agree that under the circumstances, the appropriate sanction is a public reprimand. The Court agrees with the parties.

Accordingly, T. Edward Page, Senior Judge, is hereby reprimanded. This discipline terminates the disciplinary proceedings relating to the circumstances giving rise to this cause. The costs of this proceeding are assessed against Respondent.

See earlier ILB post here, from Jan. 4, 2017.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 20, 2017 05:01 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions