Judge facing discipline refused to take deposition oath

Marion Superior Judge Kimberly Brown refused to be sworn during a deposition before the Judicial Qualifications Commission – a videotaped moment of defiance used against her Monday at the outset of her weeklong disciplinary case.

Over the objection of Brown’s attorneys, the three-judge panel of special masters allowed into evidence the judge’s videotaped refusal to swear to tell the truth during an Aug. 1 deposition in the case that now includes 47 counts of judicial misconduct.

“I am always an officer of the court,” Brown says in refusing to take the oath. “I am a judge.”

Meanwhile, Brown’s attorneys said the case against her is a result of problems with her court staff and that she’s being singled out for delayed releases of criminal defendants that have happened with other Marion Superior judges.

Brown was the first witness called in a hearing expected to last at least through the end of this week and possibly into next week. Brown wiped away tears as she attempted to explain why she refused to be sworn in the deposition. “I believe I’m always an officer of the court and therefore always bound to the truth,” she said.

“But you decided to do something different today,” JQC attorney Adrienne Meiring said after Brown took an oath before the masters. Retired Monroe Circuit Judge Viola Taliaferro is presiding over the panel that includes Boone Superior Judge Rebecca S. McClure and Lake Superior Judge Sheila M. Moss.

Meiring pointed Brown to rules of evidence requiring witnesses be sworn and admitted into evidence the statutes governing oaths that judges and other public officials such as police officers must take. Taliaferro asked Brown multiple times to explain why she believed she wasn’t required to swear an oath at the deposition.

“I wasn’t basing it on anything other than I’m always an officer of the court,” Brown said.

Meiring argued that Brown’s refusal to be sworn at the deposition illustrated the nature of many of the complaints against her. The charges against Brown include allegations that she delayed release of at least nine defendants – in one case for 22 days – failed to properly oversee her court, was hostile toward parties who came before and retaliated against court staff who complained, among other things.

Meiring opened by using Brown’s alleged words against her – “This isn’t McDonald’s … It’ll get ruled on when it gets ruled on,” Meiring said. “This is not simply a situation of a bad day.

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Judge facing discipline refused to take deposition oath

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

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6 Responses to “Judge facing discipline refused to take deposition oath”

  1. Tracey Says:

    And that's going to help her?

  2. Tracey Says:

    And that's going to help her?

  3. Rudy Says:

    Most citizens know, you don't boss judges around, and telling a judge that he or she must tell the truth, is bossing the judge. And most citizens believe judges always tell the truth, and if what they say seems not truthful, it is because the judge knows so much legal stuff, and other stuff, stuff that makes them worldly wise, that citizens don't know. So, if what the judge said seems untruthful, it is really truthful. Just ask any lawyer, and that lawyer will tell you the judge's statement, that seems untruth, is truthful, and the lawyer will tell you the reasons why. And if those reasons don't make sense to you, a citizen, it is because lawyers too, know so much more stuff than you.

  4. Rudy Says:

    Most citizens know, you don't boss judges around, and telling a judge that he or she must tell the truth, is bossing the judge. And most citizens believe judges always tell the truth, and if what they say seems not truthful, it is because the judge knows so much legal stuff, and other stuff, stuff that makes them worldly wise, that citizens don't know. So, if what the judge said seems untruthful, it is really truthful. Just ask any lawyer, and that lawyer will tell you the judge's statement, that seems untruth, is truthful, and the lawyer will tell you the reasons why. And if those reasons don't make sense to you, a citizen, it is because lawyers too, know so much more stuff than you.

  5. tvfields Says:

    The oath is just a senseless formality that should be replaced by a simple instruction to the witness that the witness is required to tell the truth.

  6. tvfields Says:

    The oath is just a senseless formality that should be replaced by a simple instruction to the witness that the witness is required to tell the truth.

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