Hamilton Superior Court 1 Judge Michael A. Casati granted summary judgment Thursday to Bloomington, Carmel, Columbus and Indianapolis in litigation brought by the Indiana Family Institute, Indiana Family Action and the American Family Association of Indiana.
In handing down punishment, the Indiana Supreme Court said the actions of the three judges “were not merely embarrassing on a personal level; they discredited the entire Indiana judiciary.”
The evidentiary hearing in the disciplinary action against Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill came to a close Thursday afternoon, with Hill taking the stand for a final time to continue defending himself and deny earlier allegations that he made crude sexual advances toward a former employee.
Earlier on Wednesday, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill took the stand for the first time to defend himself in a legal ethics case that could put his job in jeopardy.
Three judges have been charged with violations of the Indiana Code of Judicial Conduct for their roles in a violent May 1 altercation in downtown Indianapolis. A new report reveals exactly what the judges did that night leading up to the shootings.
Ryan Mears, who was Terry Curry’s chief trial deputy, has been serving as the interim prosecutor since Curry stepped down Sept. 23. He promised to be an independent leader who works for the good of the Indianapolis community and takes a tough stance on violent crime.
The policy shift is meant to free up resources to focus on violent crime in Indianapolis. More serious marijuana offenses involving more than one ounce of pot will still be prosecuted.
One of the two judges hospitalized after a downtown Indianapolis shooting has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery in connection with the May 1 incident. The judge will not serve any jail time under the agreement.