Marion County judge accused of delaying inmate releases will not be suspended
Last Updated: 73 days ago
MARION COUNTY, Ind. - The Indiana Supreme Court said it refuses to suspend a Marion County Superior Court Judge who has been accused of delaying inmates' releases from jail.
In a petition to suspend back in August, the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications alleged that Judge Kimberly Brown 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.
Earlier in September, Brown admitted to issues involving her staff and her oversight of the court but said she shouldn't be suspended because of steps taken to mitigate the problems.
The Indiana Supreme Court said Monday it would not suspend Brown, ordering that the disciplinary case against her be heard on an “expedited basis.”
Highlighting a period between January 2009 and July 2013, the Commission alleged 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 is currently being heard by the Indiana Supreme Court, which has final authority over judicial discipline.
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