One week after issuing an order suspending St. Joseph Probate Judge Jason A. Cichowicz for 45 days, the Indiana Supreme Court has issued an opinion explaining its rationale, writing that the judge’s misconduct seemed to be “willful.”
Judicial ethics chief selected to lead lawyer Disciplinary Commission
Adrienne Meiring has been selected as the new executive director of the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission. She recently sat down with The Indiana Lawyer to discuss her career history and her new role.Read More
Judges portrayed as aggressors in gunman’s self-defense claim
Did Brandon Kaiser pull the trigger on two Indiana judges only after they attacked him and placed him in fear for his life? He claims in court filings they did. But even as the judges involved in the now-infamous brawl have retaken the bench after brief suspensions, video that could prove conclusive remains under a court seal.Read More
Man charged in judges’ shooting claims self-defense, says judges were aggressors
The man charged with shooting two southern Indiana judges outside an Indianapolis fast food restaurant last year claimed in a Tuesday court filing that he acted in self-defense. The notice of affirmative defense also alleges the judges were the aggressors as alleged gunman Brandon Kaiser and his nephew, Alfredo Vazquez, were stopping to eat at a downtown White Castle, where the shooting took place in the parking lot.Read More
Rush plans to further initiatives in second term
Ask the justices how they would describe the last five years at the Indiana Supreme Court, and they’ll tell you they’ve seen some changes. There’s been an internal reorganization, a major technology initiative and a national drug crisis to contend with, but they think their institution has successfully charted its path.Read More
St. Joseph Co. judge suspended for 45 days says it ‘never occurred’ to him that actions were unethical
A filing in the discipline case against St. Joseph Probate Judge Jason Cichowicz sheds light on the facts surrounding his 45-day suspension and his defense. Meanwhile, the man whose relationship with Cichowicz underpins the action says Cichowicz was “bullied.”
St. Joseph probate judge Cichowicz to serve 45-day suspension without pay, with automatic reinstatement
St. Joseph County Probate Judge Jason A. Cichowicz will begin serving a 45-day suspension without pay next month following the filing of a seven-count disciplinary complaint against him earlier this year.
Hancock Co. judge admonished for ‘injudicious’ comments made while on legal prescription drugs that ‘affected judgment’
Hancock Superior Judge Donald Jack “D.J.” Davis has been admonished for “injudicious” comments made during an incident at his son’s home in June 2022, when he said his use of legally prescribed narcotics “affected (his) judgment.”
The Indiana Supreme Court has publicly reprimanded Decatur Circuit Judge Timothy B. Day for unauthorized ex parte communications and for failing to take appropriate remedial measures regarding those communications.
St. Joseph Probate Judge Jason A. Cichowicz has been charged with seven counts of misconduct, including an allegation that he improperly leveraged his position as the trustee for a foundation to fund improvements to his court.
Gibson Co. Judge Meade gets 7-day unpaid suspension with automatic reinstatement after 4-count discipline complaint filed against him
Little more than a month after formal discipline charges were filed against Gibson Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Meade, the Indiana Supreme Court has imposed a one-week suspension on the judge that will allow him to resume his judicial duties in early February.
Decatur Circuit Court Judge Timothy B. Day is facing formal discipline charges for alleged misconduct in his handling of child in need of services cases.
The Indiana Supreme Court has terminated the suspension of now-former Crawford Circuit Court Judge Sabrina R. Bell after she recently resigned from her position and agreed to not hold judicial office ever again.
Embattled Crawford Circuit Court Judge Sabrina R. Bell, who was previously disciplined for her role in a 2019 brawl-turned-shooting, has resigned from her post and agreed to never hold judicial office again following her arrest for allegedly hitting her ex-husband in front of their children.
Crawford Co. judge Bell arrested for allegedly battering ex-husband in front of kids, suspended with pay
An embattled southern Indiana judge involved in a 2019 brawl-turned-shooting in Indianapolis was arrested Thursday on a felony charge for allegedly hitting her ex-husband in front of their children and has been suspended from the bench.
Advisory opinions offered on statements made by judicial candidates, lawyers commenting on pending legal matters
The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications and Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission have issued advisory opinions regarding statements targeted at opponents made by candidates running for judicial office and public statements made by lawyers regarding pending disputes, including on social media.
The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications has filed disciplinary charges against a former Adams County Drug Court judge related to election matters during his time on the bench.
Porter Superior Judge Christopher Buckley received a public admonition Monday for actions related to his service as a town court judge, when he modified several defendants’ bonds without giving them notice or without a motion from the prosecution.
A former Hamilton County magistrate who was banned from the bench and put on disciplinary probation after being convicted in a drug sting has been suspended from the practice of law in Indiana for 180 days without automatic reinstatement.
The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications is requesting that the law license of a former Hamilton County magistrate busted in a meth sting only be reinstated if he can maintain a sustained recovery and fully comply with the Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program.
A Hamilton County magistrate judge who was removed from the bench after he was convicted of meth possession resulting from a law enforcement sting operation faces additional discipline for an alleged violation of his professional probation.