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Supreme Court suspends Judge Kimberly Brown pending final discipline

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The Indiana Supreme Court has suspended Judge Kimberly Brown as justices consider a recommendation that she be removed from the bench for multiple violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct.

“The final disposition of the matter by this court will occur in due course,” Chief Justice Brent Dickson wrote for the court in an order issued Thursday. “In the interim, because the (Judicial Qualifications) Commission has made a recommendation of removal, (Brown) ‘shall be suspended with pay” pursuant to Admission and Discipline Rule 25V(B).

A panel of three special masters appointed by the court recommended the Marion Superior judge's removal in late December.

The panel determined the commission proved more than 80 rule violations by clear and convincing evidence on 46 of 47 counts against Brown. Allegations against Brown include wrongful detention of at least nine criminal defendants, failing to properly oversee her court, improperly supervising trials, failing to act on Court of Appeals orders, showing hostility toward parties who came before her, and retaliating against court staff who complained.

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