Supreme Court removes local judge from bench

The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday afternoon removed Marion Superior criminal court Judge Kimberly Brown from the bench.

Brown had been on paid suspension since Jan. 9 pending final discipline for multiple violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct.

A panel of special masters appointed by the Supreme Court recommended her removal in late December. The panel determined that the Judicial Qualifications Commission proved more than 80 rule violations by Brown on 46 of 47 charges.

Brown was accused of wrongful detention of at least nine criminal defendants, failing to properly oversee her court, improperly supervising trials, failing to act on Indiana Court of Appeals orders, showing hostility toward parties who came before her, and retaliating against court staff who complained.

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