Thursday, February 12, 2009

Marion County, the Land of Drunk Driving Judges

We wonder about the jurists holding judgement over us and making decisions that affect lives incredibly, and whether they truly are making judgements in line with state code, without bias. And they don't even follow the laws of our state for themselves! They feel they are above the law, that they can continue their reign of terror in familiy courts and not even follow the law! Hey, Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications, you need to get rid of these Bozos that don't follow state code or break the law!

From IndianaLawBlog:

Ind. Courts - Commission on Judicial Qualifications files charges against Judge Thomas Felts of Allen Circuit Court

From a release this afternoon by the Indiana Court:

The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications filed charges against Judge Thomas Felts of Allen Circuit Court. Judge Felts is accused of violating the Code of Judicial Conduct during a July 2008 incident.

An investigation by the Commission shows that on July 18, 2008 Judge Felts was arrested in Marion County for Operating a Motor Vehicle with an alcohol content of at least .15, which is a misdemeanor. He was also arrested for public intoxication, also a misdemeanor. In August, Judge Felts plead guilty to the OWI charge and the state dropped the public intoxication charge. A judge sentenced Felts to one year in jail and suspended the sentence for the time served. Judge Felts was also ordered to serve one year probation, have his driver's license suspended for 90 days, and attend alcohol treatment.

The Commission has filed a “Notice of the Institution of Formal Proceedings and Statement of Charges” detailing the above events. The Commission has charged Judge Felts with two counts of judicial misconduct. Count One accuses Judge Felts of violating Canon 1A of the Judicial Code of Conduct which requires judges to uphold the integrity of the judiciary. Count Two accuses Judge Felts of violating Canon 2A, which requires judges to avoid impropriety at all times.
Judge Felts has the right to provide the Commission a written answer within 20 days. At that time, the Indiana Supreme Court will appoint three Masters to hold a hearing on the charges of misconduct. Supreme Court rules also allow for the Commission and the judge to reach a settlement agreement. Any settlement agreement or any decision reached by the Masters must be approved by the Indiana Supreme Court. The Indiana Supreme Court has final authority over all judicial discipline cases.

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