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In re Adams

Supreme Court of Indiana

November 12, 2019

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.

         Judicial Discipline Actions

          ATTORNEYS FOR RESPONDENT, ANDREW ADAMS James H. Voyles Jennifer M. Lukemeyer Indianapolis, Indiana

          ATTORNEY FOR RESPONDENT, BRADLEY B. JACOBS Larry O. Wilder Jeffersonville, Indiana

          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

          OPINION

          Per Curiam.

         We find 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.

         This matter is before us on the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications' ("Commission's") "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 certain facts.

         Although 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.

         Background and Stipulated Facts

         Judge 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.

         On the 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.

         At 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.

         The 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.

         A 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 ...


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