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.

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

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  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.