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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. 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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