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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

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

Updating this ILB post from March 14th, the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) has now filed disciplinary charges against Dunkirk City Court Judge Tommy D. Phillips, II. From the news release:

The 5-page "Notice of the Institution of Formal Proceedings and Statement of Charges" is public record and has been filed with the Appellate Clerk’s Office. The charges are brought by the 7-member JQC which investigates alleged ethical misconduct by judges—including judges who are not licensed attorneys. Phillips, who is not a lawyer, has been suspended with pay by the Indiana Supreme Court since September 2016 as required by rule when a felony charge is filed against a judge. The JQC charges are separate and distinct charges from any criminal or civil proceedings in the trial court system.

Generally, the JQC disciplinary charges assert Judge Phillips violated judicial canons which require judges to respect the law, avoid impropriety, and promote confidence in the judiciary. Judge Phillips pled guilty in case 38D01-1609-F6-165 to Battery Against a Public Safety Official, a Level 6 felony. The conviction stems from an August 2016 incident where Judge Phillips shoved the Dunkirk Chief of Police following a heated verbal exchange.

You may download the 5-page Notice of the Institution of Formal Proceedings and Statement of Charge here.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 5, 2017 02:16 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts