Some are raising questions about a fundraising flier for a Marion County judge that seems to offer favorable rulings in exchange for campaign contributions.
The invitation sent out in support of Judge Becky Pierson-Treacy promoted a fundraising gathering set for next month at the law office of Linda Pence.
Under the heading of suggested contributions, it lists $150 as sustained, $250 as affirmed, $500 as so ordered and $1,000 as a "favorable ruling."
Former Marion County Judge Gary Miller told 6News' Derrik Thomas
he thought the flier was a joke at first.
"It appears that there may be justice for sale," he said. "Those kind of things, even as a joke, are not to be done at the behest of a judge or the judge's campaign committee, and this flier would fly in the face of these rules."
Pierson-Treacy presides in Court 19, but 6News was told she and her husband, Marion County Democratic Party Chairman Ed Treacy, are out of town on vacation.
When reached by phone Friday, Treacy took responsibility for the language on the flier.
"If you want to blame someone, blame me. It was not the best use of language," he said.
Any investigation or complaint against a specific judge is confidential. However, if the Judicial Qualifications Commission files formal charges, that information is made public.
"We require our judges to act in a manner that promotes confidence in the judicial branch," said Kathryn Dolan, spokeswoman for the Indiana Supreme Court. "They must always act with fairness and impartiality. Even the appearance of impropriety, or the appearance that something is unfair, is against the judicial canons."
The flier indicated that it had been approved by Pierson-Treacy's campaign.
6News was told Friday evening that the fundraiser had been canceled. Pence, who was set to host the event, did not return calls for comment Friday.
Judge Becky Pierson-Treacy Fundraising Flier
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