Deadline set for Marion Superior Judge Kimberly Brown to respond to petition seeking her removal

The Indiana Supreme Court on Friday set a noon Wednesday deadline for Marion Superior Judge Kimberly J. Brown to file a response challenging an emergency petition to remove her from the bench.

The order signed by Chief Justice Brent E. Dickson says the deadline was set because disciplinary rules do not specifically establish a deadline for responses to interim suspension petitions.

The state Commission on Judicial Qualifications last month filed a complaint against Brown alleging 45 counts of misconduct. At the same time, the commission filed an emergency petition seeking her suspension, with pay, pending outcome of a disciplinary case involving the alleged misconduct.

The action to remove a judge before completion of a disciplinary case is an “extraordinary measure,” the court noted when announcing the action against Brown on Aug. 26.

Brown, a Democrat elected in 2008, faces charges that include dereliction of duty, delaying the release of at least nine defendants from jail, failing to train or supervise court employees, creating a hostile environment for staff and attorneys and failing to properly complete paperwork.

A staff member who answered the phone in Brown’s court Friday said that the judge was “unavailable” but could not say whether or not Brown was working. Brown was reported to be on vacation when the charges were filed and it was not clear Friday whether she had returned to the bench.

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Deadline set for Marion Superior Judge Kimberly Brown to respond to petition seeking her removal

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3 Responses to “Deadline set for Marion Superior Judge Kimberly Brown to respond to petition seeking her removal”

  1. David Says:

    Yet another judge under the gun? Gee, it's happening all over the country and in droves.

  2. Thelma Says:

    If the hearing weren'e delayed, she could get kicked off the bench, without pay!

  3. Luis Says:

    Who's judging the judges?

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