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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ind. Courts - More on: Dunkirk City Court judge suspended, effective immediately, following felony battery charge

Updating this ILB post from Sept. 30, 2016, Douglas Walker of the Muncie Star-Press reports today under the heading: "Indiana judge gets suspended sentence for shoving police chief." Some quotes:

PORTLAND, Ind. – The judge of Dunkirk City Court has been placed on probation for a year for shoving the Jay County city’s police chief, who is also the judge’s nephew.

Tommy Dale “Chip” Phillips II, 62, received a one-year suspended sentence Monday from Jay Superior Court Judge Max Ludy Jr.

Ludy accepted the terms of a plea deal negotiated by Phillips’ attorney, Kelly Bryan, and Adams County Prosecutor Jeremy Brown, appointed special prosecutor in the case.

Phillips pleaded guilty to battery against a public safety official, a Level 6 felony. However, his conviction was entered as a misdemeanor.

One of the terms of his probation is that Phillips have no contact with Dunkirk Police Chief Dane Mumbower. * * *

The Indiana Supreme Court suspended Phillips – who had been Dunkirk City Court’s judge since October 2000 – after the criminal charge was filed. It later issued an order directing Ludy and Jay Circuit Court Judge Brian Hutchison to take on the Dunkirk court’s caseload for the time being.

ILB: Phillips is not an attorney.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 14, 2017 03:00 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts