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Indiana Supreme Court appoints attorney to fill Judge Brown’s post

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Indianapolis criminal defense attorney David Cook has been appointed as judge pro tempore to fill the duties of suspended Marion Superior Judge Kimberly Brown.

The Indiana Supreme Court issued the order appointing Cook Friday. He will take over the local court on Feb. 10 because Brown has been suspended pending the final disposition of her disciplinary case. Brown is accused of multiple violations of the Judicial Code of Conduct including wrongfully detaining defendants, improperly supervising trials, failing to act on orders from the Indiana Court of Appeals and retaliating against court staff.

A 1977 graduate of Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Cook served as chief trial deputy for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office from 1980 to 1989 and was chief public defender in the Marion County Public Defender Agency from 1995 to 2008. In addition, he was a master commissioner for the Marion County Circuit Court from 1990 to 1995.

As an attorney in private practice, he has represented clients on criminal and immigration matters.

The Supreme Court also appointed Senior Judge Steven E. King as judge pro tem in Lake Superior Court No. 4 to fill the vacancy created by the death of Judge Gerald N. Svetanoff.

Originally, the Supreme Court had appointed Senior Judge E. Duane Daugherty as judge pro tem in September 2013 when Svetanoff stepped down because of an illness. Daugherty is unable to continue after Friday.  

King will succeed Daugherty effective Monday, and be on the bench through Feb. 28, 2014 or further order of the Supreme Court, whichever comes first.    

 

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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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