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Hammond City judge gets 60-day unpaid suspension

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The Indiana Supreme Court has ordered that Hammond City Court Judge Jeffrey A. Harkin be suspended for 60 days without pay. The sanction results from the disciplinary case that accused him of operating an illegal traffic school deferral program, not collecting fees and dissuading a litigant from contesting a ticket in court.

An order posted on the appellate court docket Thursday afternoon shows the sanction, which comes just days before Harkin was scheduled to appear for a disciplinary hearing on Nov. 22. The justices will issue a full opinion “in due course” and will indicate then when the suspension takes effect, according to the order signed by acting Chief Justice Robert Rucker.

In June, the Indiana Judicial Qualifications Commission accused Harkin of violating three professional conduct rules. Two charges involve his operation of a long-established traffic school deferral program and not collecting fees between 2005 and 2010. The third charge involves an August 2010 seatbelt violation case where a defendant alleged the judge made inappropriate comments to him and dissuaded him from contesting the ticket in court. Harkin denied the allegations.
 

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  1. Don't we have bigger issues to concern ourselves with?

  2. Anyone who takes the time to study disciplinary and bar admission cases in Indiana ... much of which is, as a matter of course and by intent, off the record, would have a very difficult time drawing lines that did not take into account things which are not supposed to matter, such as affiliations, associations, associates and the like. Justice Hoosier style is a far departure than what issues in most other parts of North America. (More like Central America, in fact.) See, e.g., http://www.theindianalawyer.com/indiana-attorney-illegally-practicing-in-florida-suspended-for-18-months/PARAMS/article/42200 When while the Indiana court system end the cruel practice of killing prophets of due process and those advocating for blind justice?

  3. Wouldn't this call for an investigation of Government corruption? Chief Justice Loretta Rush, wrote that the case warranted the high court’s review because the method the Indiana Court of Appeals used to reach its decision was “a significant departure from the law.” Specifically, David wrote that the appellate panel ruled after reweighing of the evidence, which is NOT permissible at the appellate level. **But yet, they look the other way while an innocent child was taken by a loving mother who did nothing wrong"

  4. Different rules for different folks....

  5. I would strongly suggest anyone seeking mediation check the experience of the mediator. There are retired judges who decide to become mediators. Their training and experience is in making rulings which is not the point of mediation.

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