Clark County judge suspended following indictment

Andrew Adams

CLARK COUNTY — Clark County Judge Andrew Adams was suspended with pay June 28 following a grand jury indictment related to a shooting in Indianapolis in May.

Adams and Clark County Judge Brad Jacobs were shot during an altercation with two men in downtown Indianapolis May 1. On June 28, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced that Adams is charged with multiple counts of battery, including felonies, and one count of disorderly conduct. The two men, Brandon Kaiser and Alfredo Vazquez, have also been indicted.

According to a news release from the Indiana Supreme Court, the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications filed a notice of criminal charges and a request for Adams to be suspended with pay immediately upon learning of the indictment. Soon after, the Indiana Supreme Court issued an order formally suspending Adams with pay. The suspension will continue until further notice.

Temporary judges have been appointed to hear cases in Clark Circuit 1 (Adams’ court) and Clark Circuit 2 (Jacobs’ court). The appointed judges remain on the bench.

In the judicial commission’s request to suspend Adams, the commission asked that the suspension to continue “pending further order of this court or final determination of any disciplinary proceeding that may hereafter result from the criminal charges.”

Disciplinary cases are typically initiated by the receipt of a written, verified complaint, but the judicial commission can initiate proceedings on its own, according to its website. If a complaint is deemed founded, an inquiry begins. If the inquiry indicates that misconduct occurred, the commission can proceed to an investigation, which would remain confidential.

The investigation could lead to a public admonition or public charges. If charges are filed, the proceedings, which could include either a settlement agreement or a hearing, become public. A hearing can result in sanctions, including a public reprimand, suspension without pay or disbarment.