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Judge must pay $10,000 in disciplinary fees

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The judge and former commissioner disciplined for their roles that led to a wrongfully convicted man staying in prison must pay nearly $18,000 in expenses related to their disciplinary proceedings. The Indiana Supreme Court issued the order Monday.

Marion Superior Judge Grant Hawkins must repay $10,552.20 in fees and expenses, while former commissioner Nancy Broyles is responsible for $7,405.21. The difference in amounts owed is because Broyles' cause concluded five months earlier than Hawkins' case.

The Indiana Judicial Qualifications Commission filed charges against the two in April 2008, alleging delay and dereliction of duties relating to the handling of cases. The investigation also focused on Broyles' involvement in handling a post-conviction case that left a man in prison nearly two years after DNA evidence cleared him of rape.

The cause against Broyles ended in October 2008 after she was permanently banned from the bench. Judge Hawkins was temporarily suspended from the bench with pay in November 2008 and served a 60-day unpaid suspension from March through May of this year.

 

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