Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

October 27, 2012

Charges filed against Franklin County candidate


The Herald-Tribune

-- — The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications has filed disciplinary charges against Tammy Davis, a candidate for judge of the Franklin Circuit Court.

Kathryn Dolan, Indiana Supreme Court public information officer, explained in a news release, “The charges stem from allegedly misleading statements Ms. Davis made (or which were attributed to her) about her opponent, Judge Steven Cox, during her campaign for Circuit Court judge. Several charges also stem from Ms. Davis’ failure to correct these statements.”

The Code of Judicial Conduct applies to both judges and candidates for judicial office, according to Dolan. If the ICJQ believes a judge or candidate has violated the conduct code, it can file charges. “The charges are allegations – only the five members of the Supreme Court can determine what, if any, allegations are true.”

The charges center on statements made by or attributed to Davis regarding her opponent’s modification of a criminal defendant’s sentence.