The Indiana Supreme Court publicly reprimanded Clarksville Town Court Judge Mickey K. Weber Friday and ordered he resign from the bench, effective Dec. 31. Weber pleaded guilty earlier this year to two charges stemming from a drunken-driving incident in Louisville, Kentucky.
Weber pleaded guilty to criminal mischief in the second degree and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in March in Kentucky. He was arrested in January after he was in an accident that resulted in property damage to two parked cars and a fence. He refused to submit to any tests determining his blood alcohol content, but did tell police he had “too many” beers at a local bar, according to the per curiam disciplinary opinion.
The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications filed one count against him in September.
“The parties agree that the conduct recited above violates Rules1.1 and 1.2 of the Code of Judicial Conduct. The parties also agree that the gravity of Respondent’s conduct is aggravated by the fact that Respondent has had previous legal issues related to alcohol abuse and still engaged in the conduct recited above. In mitigation, the parties note that he is remorseful for his conduct and at no time during the police investigation or arrest did Respondent refer to his judicial title or allude to his judicial status, nor did he attempt to gain any advantage in his criminal proceedings from his status as an Indiana judge,” the opinion states.
Weber has 10 days from Dec. 5 to submit his resignation. He will remain ineligible for future judicial service until he successfully completes an approved treatment plan and two-year monitoring agreement with the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program. He must pay the costs of the proceeding.