Marion Superior Court Judge Kimberly J. Brown is facing charges of misconduct and pending suspension from practicing law as of Monday, August 26, 2013, as the Indiana state judicial qualifications commission charged her with 45 counts of judicial misconduct, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Brown first took the bench in 2008. She is facing charges including dereliction of duty, delaying the release of at least nine defendants from jail, failing to train or properly supervise court employees, failing to complete paperwork and creating a hostile environment for staff and attorneys, according to the Indianapolis Star.
This suspension is being called an "extraordinary measure" by the Commission on Judicial Qualifications due to the fact that the suspension is taking place while charges are pending. This suspension is only the second time since 2009 that the commission has moved to suspend a judge while charges were pending.
The petition states that several attempts had been made to mediate and solve the issues for which Brown is being accused, according to the Indianapolis Star. However, the petition states that the action "is merited in this situation as (Brown) has engaged in a continuing course of conduct which has led to multiple defendants being wrongfully deprived of their liberty, multiple defendants being denied the right to be heard in a timely fashion, and numerous individuals suffering other detrimental consequences."
At this time no hearing on the commission's request has been set.