Friday, March 12, 2010
A superior court judge who had been involved in a domestic dispute was shot in the scalp in a self-inflicted wound. As a result, she suffered a concussion and went to a hospital for treatment. There she made a statement to the effect that she had accidentally shot herself. She asked the responding officer to retrieve and "get rid of" a handwritten note by her left at the scene the incident. She was acquitted of ensuing criminal charges of attempted obstruction of justice.
The judicial disciplinary matter was resolved today by the Indiana Supreme Court, which accepted an agreed statement of facts and proposed sanction and ordered that the judge be suspended for 60 days and recused from future matters involving named individuals for one year. The court noted that the underlying personal issues involved had been addressed and that the judge had fully cooperated with the judicial discipline process. (Mike Frisch)