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Indiana Supreme Court appoints attorney to fill Judge Brown’s post

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Indianapolis criminal defense attorney David Cook has been appointed as judge pro tempore to fill the duties of suspended Marion Superior Judge Kimberly Brown.

The Indiana Supreme Court issued the order appointing Cook Friday. He will take over the local court on Feb. 10 because Brown has been suspended pending the final disposition of her disciplinary case. Brown is accused of multiple violations of the Judicial Code of Conduct including wrongfully detaining defendants, improperly supervising trials, failing to act on orders from the Indiana Court of Appeals and retaliating against court staff.

A 1977 graduate of Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Cook served as chief trial deputy for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office from 1980 to 1989 and was chief public defender in the Marion County Public Defender Agency from 1995 to 2008. In addition, he was a master commissioner for the Marion County Circuit Court from 1990 to 1995.

As an attorney in private practice, he has represented clients on criminal and immigration matters.

The Supreme Court also appointed Senior Judge Steven E. King as judge pro tem in Lake Superior Court No. 4 to fill the vacancy created by the death of Judge Gerald N. Svetanoff.

Originally, the Supreme Court had appointed Senior Judge E. Duane Daugherty as judge pro tem in September 2013 when Svetanoff stepped down because of an illness. Daugherty is unable to continue after Friday.  

King will succeed Daugherty effective Monday, and be on the bench through Feb. 28, 2014 or further order of the Supreme Court, whichever comes first.    

 

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