Judge's acknowledgement is refreshing

November 2, 2010
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Here’s something you don’t see every day: a public official acknowledging a mistake and even alerting the news media about the mess up.

Late yesterday we received an e-mail, which was also sent to several other news organizations, from Hamilton Superior Judge William Hughes. It seemed innocent enough, titled “Press release” and a photo was attached. His e-mail gave no indication that the release was about his recent arrest for drunk driving.

Judge Hughes alerted the media of his arrest in North Carolina last week for driving while impaired and driving left of center. The judge was vacationing at the Outer Banks.

Perhaps he was advised to tell the media before it got out some other way. He even provided the case number, when his initial court appearance will be, and what law firms he’s hired to represent him. Judge Hughes has also alerted Indiana Judicial Qualifications Commission of his arrest.

I was very surprised to see him divulge so much information to the media unsolicited. Most of the time, public officials try to sweep these kinds of incidents under the rug, or they don’t as freely offer up their arrest and case number.

What was his motivation in doing so? Was it so he’d get less of a punishment or gain public credibility for owning up to his mistakes?

It’s embarrassing and possibly career-damaging to be arrested for drunk driving. I found it refreshing for someone in the public eye to acknowledge the arrest and not shy away from it, even if he won’t make any more statements regarding the arrest right now.

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  • It is called covering your A$$
    I guess it is one way to describe a PR coverup and spin.

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

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

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