Disciplinary charges filed against superior court judge
Last Updated: 109 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Judicial misconduct charges were filed Monday against a Marion Superior Court judge accused of delaying inmates' releases from jail.
In a petition to suspend, the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications alleges that Judge Kimberly Brown, of the Marion Superior Court, created a hostile work environment and failed to properly staff and train her court, resulting in delays of as much as 22 days in inmate releases.
Highlighting a period between January 2009 and July 2013, the Commission alleges that, “defendants suffered detrimental consequences due to the judge’s failure to rule on motions in a timely fashion.” She is accused of continuing bench trials for extended periods if she did not believe they could be completed by 4 p.m. and making derogatory comments about staff members.
The petition also noted that Brown has a high rate of staff turnover, and is alleged to have fired a staff member she believed complained about her.
Brown also faces charges of violating the Code of Judicial Conduct, including that she "failed to preserve the integrity of the judiciary," the petition said.
Brown was charged with 45 counts of judicial misconduct. Her case will be heard by the Indiana Supreme Court, which has final authority over judicial discipline.
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