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Suspended judge's case moved

July 17, 2009

LaPorte Circuit Court granted suspended LaPorte Superior Judge Jennifer Evans Koethe's motion for change of venue Thursday. Her trial will now be held in Lake Circuit Court. A hearing will be held there by Lake Superior Judge Thomas P. Stefaniak at 8:30 a.m. July 27 to set a trial date.

Judge Koethe was suspended in May following her indictment on a charge of Class D felony attempted obstruction of justice. She and her husband were indicted following an incident in their home in December 2008 in which she was shot. She was briefly hospitalized and took the bench shortly after the incident.

In January, Special Judge Walter Chapala ordered all firearms removed from the Koethes' home and for the couple to abstain from drinking when children were in the home.

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