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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. I need an experienced attorney to handle a breach of contract matter. Kindly respond for more details. Graham Young

  2. I thought the slurs were the least grave aspects of her misconduct, since they had nothing to do with her being on the bench. Why then do I suspect they were the focus? I find this a troubling trend. At least she was allowed to keep her law license.

  3. Section 6 of Article I of the Indiana Constitution is pretty clear and unequivocal: "Section 6. No money shall be drawn from the treasury for the benefit of any religious or theological institution."

  4. Video pen? Nice work, "JW"! Let this be a lesson and a caution to all disgruntled ex-spouses (or soon-to-be ex-spouses) . . . you may think that altercation is going to get you some satisfaction . . . it will not.

  5. First comment on this thread is a fitting final comment on this thread, as that the MCBA never answered Duncan's fine question, and now even Eric Holder agrees that the MCBA was in material error as to the facts: "I don't get it" from Duncan December 1, 2014 5:10 PM "The Grand Jury met for 25 days and heard 70 hours of testimony according to this article and they made a decision that no crime occurred. On what basis does the MCBA conclude that their decision was "unjust"? What special knowledge or evidence does the MCBA have that the Grand Jury hearing this matter was unaware of? The system that we as lawyers are sworn to uphold made a decision that there was insufficient proof that officer committed a crime. How can any of us say we know better what was right than the jury that actually heard all of the the evidence in this case."

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