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A Delaware County Commissioner has been publicly admonished for his conduct after receiving a parking ticket in February 2009.

Commissioner Brian M. Pierce, who serves as the Delaware Circuit Juvenile Commissioner, admitted to violating Rules 1.2 and 1.3 of the Code of Judicial Conduct.

He received a parking ticket for parking in the wrong direction. He saw the City of Muncie code enforcement officer ticketing his car and argued against it because he was a court commissioner and juvenile court judge. Commissioner Pierce later called the city's Board of Public Works and Safety complaining about the ticket and suggested he would subpoena the secretary and code enforcement officer to explain the situation. Commissioner Pierce also spoke to the deputy mayor and mayor - often using profanity during the conversation - to contest the ticket. He paid the ticket 10 days later.

The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualification's decision to issue the public admonition instead of filing formal charges was partly influenced by the fact the Delaware County Board of Judges already sanctioned Commissioner Pierce to a 2-week suspension without pay for his misconduct.

"Although the Commission views judicial abuse of the prestige of office, or even the appearance of such impropriety, as a very serious violation, the Commission determined that this matter should be concluded with a Public Admonition, in light of the Delaware County Board of Judges' immediate and appropriate response and Commissioner Pierce's acceptance of that discipline," according to the public admonishment.

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  1. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  2. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  3. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

  4. The fee increase would be livable except for the 11% increase in spending at the Disciplinary Commission. The Commission should be focused on true public harm rather than going on witch hunts against lawyers who dare to criticize judges.

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