December 18, 2014
IN THE MATTER OF THE HONORABLE DIANNA L. BENNINGTON, JUDGE OF THE MUNCIE CITY COURT
ORDER SUSPENDING JUDICIAL OFFICER
LORETTA H. RUSH, CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIANA
On December 11, 2014, the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications ("Commission") filed a "Notice of the Institution of Formal Proceedings and Statement of Charges" against Respondent, the Honorable Dianna L. Bennington, Judge of the Muncie City Court. Four days later, the Commission filed a "Verified Petition for Interim Suspension" pursuant to Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 25(VIII)(E), which provides, "Upon petition by the Commission, the Supreme Court may impose, pending the disposition of formal charges, an interim suspension with pay if the Court deems the interim suspension necessary to protect public confidence in the integrity of the judiciary."
Having considered the Commission's Verified Petition for Interim Suspension, the Court hereby GRANTS the Verified Petition. Pursuant to Admission and Discipline 25(VIII)(E), Dianna L. Bennington is hereby SUSPENDED FROM OFFICE WITH PAY effective at 12:00 a.m. on Friday, December 19, 2014. This suspension will continue in effect until further order of this Court.