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Beech Grove City judge publicly admonished

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The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications has publicly admonished Beech Grove City Court Judge Charles W. Hunter for comments he made last year to an Indianapolis television reporter.

The reporter was investigating a citizen complaint submitted to the station by Charity Bryan, who uses a wheelchair. Her husband received a ticket because the handicapped placard wasn’t readily visible in the car. Charity said it had fallen in the car’s interior the day they received the ticket. The Bryans contested the ticket, but Judge Hunter found the husband violated the ordinance and imposed a fine and court costs.

During a TV interview about the ticket, the reporter discovered Judge Hunter was parking in a handicapped spot but did not have a handicapped placard on display. The judge’s son then retrieved the placard and hung it up. When the reporter asked if this wasn’t a similar situation to the couple who receive the ticket, Judge Hunter said “I didn’t get a ticket, did I?” and responded in the affirmative to the reporter who asked “So, it’s just their bad luck for having gotten a ticket?”

In lieu of filing formal disciplinary proceedings, Judge Hunter consented to the public admonishment. He admits to violating Rule 1.2 of the Code of Judicial Conduct which requires judges to act at all times in a manner that promotes the public’s confidence in the judiciary and to avoid the appearance of impropriety. The commission members stress that Judge Hunter is admonished because of the injudicious nature of his public comments.

This ends the investigation by the commission and Judge Hunter will not be formally charged with ethical misconduct.
 

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  • traffic court judges
    Why should a traffic court or city court judge become more jaded than many other kinds of judges? Hearing the same kinds of matters, seeing the same or similar facial expressions,the same or similar body language, the same case cites, and the same arguments from counsel would make anybody jaded.
  • Crime = Bad Luck
    Some people do not get caught for the crimes they commit. It is "bad luck," but that is the nature of the beast. Too bad the reporter wasn't a law enforcement officer, and could have written a ticket right there. However, he wasn't and the world must go on. There must be something with those traffic court and city court judges - first Judge Young and now this. Must just happen when all day long all you here are ordinance violations...get a little jaded and mad at the world.

    "First thing we do, is kill all the lawyers."
    -Shakespeare

    (And yes, I am an attorney, but feel there are WAY too many of us out there...)
  • levitas
    lets hope the republic will survive this perplexing matter!
  • Bad decision
    What about the poor woman who still had to pay that fine and court costs even though she had a valid parking permit. A public admonishment only proves the public perception that people in his position feel they are above the law and not held accountable for their actions.

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  1. Just an aside, but regardless of the outcome, I 'm proud of Judge William Hughes. He was the original magistrate on the Home place issue. He ruled for Home Place, and was primaried by Brainard for it. Their tool Poindexter failed to unseat Hughes, who won support for his honesty and courage throughout the county, and he was reelected Judge of Hamilton County's Superior Court. You can still stand for something and survive. Thanks, Judge Hughes!

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  5. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

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