Suspended judge gets probation for shoving police chief

A suspended eastern Indiana city court judge has been placed on probation for shoving a police chief who also is his nephew.

The (Muncie) Star Press reported Tuesday that 62-year-old Dunkirk City Court Judge Tommy Dale Phillips II received a one-year suspended sentence Monday in Jay Superior Court.

Phillips also will perform 100 hours of community service and must have no contact with Dunkirk Police Chief Dane Mumbower, who also is Phillips' nephew.

The newspaper reported Phillips had pleaded guilty to battery against a public safety official. He was charged with the Class D felony count in September after police reports said Phillips shoved Mumbower during an August meeting at the Dunkirk police station. The meeting also involved Dunkirk Mayor Gene Ritter, according to police reports.

Indiana's Supreme Court suspended Phillips in September. The court subsequently ordered Dunkirk City Court cases to be divided between two Jay County judges.  No further action has been taken in Phillips' judicial discipline case since his indefinite suspension.



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