All three Indiana judges who were involved in a brawl in Indianapolis have been temporarily suspended by the Indiana Supreme Court. Two of them were shot.
On Tuesday, the state Supreme Court handed down the order. In its ruling, it wrote that Crawford County Judge Sabrina Bell and Clark County Judges Bradley Jacobs and Andrew Adams’ actions “were not merely embarrassing on a personal level… they discredited the entire Indiana judiciary,” said the Washington Post’s report.
The order also stated that the three judges were “behaving in an injudicious manner” while intoxicated at the White Castle parking lot on May 1.
After a night of bar-hopping and a scuffle with strangers in a lot about a half-mile from the state Capitol, Adams and Jacobs were shot.
The fight was charged to Adams and two other men.
The Indiana Supreme Court orders Adams to serve a 60-day unpaid suspension. This will end on Jan. 12. Meanwhile, Bell and Jacobs will serve 30-day unpaid suspensions. Their due service will end on Dec. 22.
Upon admission to the hospital, Adams approximately had a blood-alcohol level of 0.157 while Jacobs’ had approximately 0.13. Bell didn’t get her blood-alcohol level tested, but according to an opinion, “she was intoxicated enough that she lacks any memory of the incident.”
In an emailed statement, Clark Circuit Courts Court Administrator Jill Acklin said that the Clark County Judiciary respected the opinion of the Indiana Supreme Court on this matter.
In a statement provided by Adams’ attorney, Adams said that “I failed to behave in a manner that my position requires.” He continued that, “I am fully aware of the embarrassment I have brought to the Indiana Judiciary, my family and specifically my community.”
“There is not a minute in the day that I don't think about the significant repercussions my actions have caused. I take full responsibility for my actions as they neither met my expectations or the expectations placed upon me as a judicial officer. I again give my sincere apologies to the my family and my community,” he stated.
Jacob also apologized in a statement read by his attorney, “I wholeheartedly apologize for my behavior that evening that has embarrassed the Indiana Supreme Court, my fellow judges and all the members of my chosen profession.”