Another judge in trouble

July 22, 2008
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Allen Circuit Court Judge Thomas Felts was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving while in Indianapolis last Friday. Judge Felts told Indiana Lawyer he regrets what’s happened.

Judges getting arrested and breaking the law isn’t anything new. Judges are human, just like the rest of us. However, after working intimately with the law day after day, knowing the consequences of drunk driving, you would think they would be even more acutely aware of their actions that break the law.

He isn’t the first one to be charged with drunk driving or public intoxication. Carroll Circuit Judge Donald Currie received a public admonition following his 2007 arrest for public intoxication.Marion Superior Judge John F. Hanley was arrested in December 2006 in Indianapolis for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration equivalent to at least .15 gram of alcohol and later pleaded guilty to the charge. Another Marion Superior judge, Hon. Israel Nunez Cruz, was arrested in Hendricks County in June 2006 and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Both received public reprimands.

What’s going through the minds of attorneys and judges when they get into trouble with the law? What does this do to the reputation of judges charged and/or convicted of crimes? Judge Felts is up for re-election this November. Will the general public hold this against him and other judges who have gotten into legal trouble, or will voters even remember when election time rolls around?
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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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