In the Matter of the Honorable Andrew Adams, Judge of the Clark Circuit Court 1, Respondent. In the Matter of the Honorable Bradley B. Jacobs, Judge of the Clark Circuit Court 2, Respondent. In the Matter of the Honorable Sabrina R. Bell, Judge of the Crawford Circuit Court, Respondent.
ATTORNEYS FOR RESPONDENT, ANDREW ADAMS James H. Voyles
Jennifer M. Lukemeyer Indianapolis, Indiana
ATTORNEY FOR RESPONDENT, BRADLEY B. JACOBS Larry O. Wilder
RESPONDENT PRO SE, SABRINA R. BELL
ATTORNEYS FOR INDIANA COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL QUALIFICATIONS
Adrienne L. Meiring, Counsel to the Commission Marcus McGhee,
Staff Attorney to the Commission Indianapolis, Indiana
the Respondents-the Honorable Andrew Adams, Judge of the
Clark Circuit Court 1, the Honorable Bradley B. Jacobs, Judge
of the Clark Circuit Court 2, and the Honorable Sabrina R.
Bell, Judge of the Crawford Circuit Court-engaged in judicial
misconduct by appearing in public in an intoxicated state and
behaving in an injudicious manner and by becoming involved in
a verbal altercation. We also find that Judge Adams and Judge
Jacobs engaged in judicial misconduct by becoming involved in
a physical altercation for which Judge Adams was criminally
charged and convicted. Respondents' actions were not
merely embarrassing on a personal level; they discredited the
entire Indiana judiciary.
matter is before us on the Indiana Commission on Judicial
"Notice[s] of the Institution of Formal Proceedings and
Statement of Charges" against Respondents. After charges
were filed, each Respondent separately tendered, jointly with
the Commission, a "Statement of Circumstances and
Conditional Agreement for Discipline" stipulating to
these proceedings were filed under different case numbers, we
issue a single opinion for all three cases because the
misconduct charges stem from the same incident.
and Stipulated Facts
Adams was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 2001 and has served
as the Judge of Clark Circuit Court 1 since January 1, 2015.
Judge Jacobs was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1999 and has
served as the Judge of Clark Circuit Court 2 since January 1,
2015. Judge Bell was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 2011 and
has served as the Judge of Crawford Circuit Court since
January 1, 2017. At all times pertinent to the charges,
Respondents presided over general jurisdiction dockets that
included criminal and civil cases.
evening of April 30, 2019, Respondents traveled to
Indianapolis to attend the Spring Judicial College the next
day. After checking into their hotel rooms, Respondents spent
the evening socializing with other judicial officers and
drinking alcoholic beverages.
around 12:30 a.m. on May 1, Respondents and Clark Circuit
Court Magistrate William Dawkins ("Magistrate
Dawkins") met at a local bar, where they continued to
drink alcohol. At around 3:00 a.m., the group walked to a
strip club and tried to enter, but found that it was closed.
group then walked to a nearby White Castle. While Magistrate
Dawkins went inside, Respondents stood outside the
restaurant. At around 3:17 a.m., Alfredo Vazquez and Brandon
Kaiser drove past the group and shouted something out the
window. Judge Bell extended her middle finger to Vazquez and
Kaiser, who pulled into the White Castle parking lot and
exited the vehicle. Judge Bell, who was intoxicated, has no
memory of the incident but concedes that the security camera
video shows her making this gesture.
heated verbal altercation ensued, with all participants
yelling, using profanity, and making dismissive, mocking, or
insolent gestures toward the other group. At no time did
Respondents move to another location in the ...