A senior judge and former Lake County magistrate is facing judicial discipline proceedings after pleading guilty in November to a charge of driving while intoxicated.
Senior Judge T. Edward Page of Merrillville violated judicial canons requiring judges to respect the law, avoid impropriety and promote confidence in the judiciary, the Judicial Qualifications Commission alleged in a statement of charges filed Wednesday.
The judicial misconduct charge says Page had a blood alcohol content of .20 percent, more than twice the legal limit, when he was arrested while driving in Porter County on Oct. 1. He subsequently pleaded guilty to a Class C misdemeanor of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Two other Class A misdemeanor OWI charges were dismissed.
In addition to serving as a senior judge, Page practices in the Merrillville firm of Thiros and Thiros P.C. He was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1978.
The Indiana Supreme Court has final authority to determine what, if any, judicial misconduct occurred. The court can dismiss the charges, accept or reject a disciplinary agreement between JQC and Page, appoint a panel of judges to conduct a public hearing, impose a fine or impose sanctions ranging from a reprimand to a suspension to a permanent ban on holding judicial office in Indiana.