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A Marion Superior judge facing suspension and a 45-count disciplinary complaint has until Wednesday to respond to the suspension request, the Indiana Supreme Court said in an order issued Friday.

Judge Kimberly Brown faces an array of accusations, including counts that her actions led to at least nine defendants wrongly spending one to 22 days in the Marion County Jail, and that she created “a hostile environment for attorneys, court staff, clerks, and other court officials.”

The Indiana Judicial Qualifications Commission filed a verified petition for suspension Aug. 26 asking the Supreme Court to remove Brown from the bench pending proceedings on the complaint.

Friday, justices unanimously ordered that Brown respond to the suspension request by noon Wednesday.

“The Admission and Discipline Rules governing the procedure under which judicial disciplinary matters are adjudicated do not specify whether (Brown) has the right to file a response to a Verified Petition for Interim Suspension and, if so, the time period for doing so,” Chief Justice Brent Dickson wrote for the court in setting the deadline.

Brown continued to hear cases on the bench as of Thursday, and did not respond to a message seeking comment. She is represented by Indianapolis attorney Aaron Haith of Choate & Haith. A firm representative responding to inquiries said Thursday there would be no immediate comment.

According to Friday’s order, no attorney had yet entered an appearance on Brown’s behalf in her disciplinary matter. Brown “is reminded that if she intends for counsel to file a response on her behalf to the Commission’s Verified Petition for Interim Suspension, then counsel must enter a valid appearance before or contemporaneously with the filing of her response,” Dickson wrote.  

Brown hears a docket of misdemeanor and Class D felony domestic battery cases in Marion Superior Criminal Court 7.
 

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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