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Suspended judge returns to bench

May 11, 2009

Marion Superior Judge Grant Hawkins, who was suspended earlier this year without pay, returned to the bench today. Judge Hawkins was suspended in March because of his role in a wrongfully convicted man remaining in prison for nearly two years after DNA evidence cleared him of rape.

Prior to his 60-day suspension without pay, Judge Hawkins had been temporarily suspended since Nov. 25, 2008, but was still earning his salary. Judge Hawkins presides over Marion Superior Court, Criminal 5.

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