Three Indiana judges have been suspended from their offices after a drunken brawl with a stranger outside of an Indianapolis White Castle that resulted in two of them being shot.
Judges Andrew Adams, Bradley Jacobs and Sabrina Bell were given suspensions of sixty, thirty, and thirty days respectively. Adams faced criminal charges for his role in the incident, and will serve two days in jail.
The judges had been in the town for a judicial conference, and arrived at an area strip club while heavily intoxicated shortly after 3. AM, finding it closed. One uninvolved judge went into a White Castle while the other three waited outside in a parking lot.
Sabrina Bell became involved in a verbal altercation with two men who were in a nearby SUV, Alfredo Vasquez and Brandon Kaiser. The men became belligerent, and a fight erupted between the two male judges and the strangers.
Kaiser ended up pulling a gun, and shot Adams and Jacobs in the chest and stomach. Both judges were hospitalized, receiving emergency surgeries. Kaiser is being charged with 14 felony crimes for shooting the men.
After police arrived on the scene, Judge Bell was taped (while still intoxicated) admitting to officers that she “felt like this is all my fault.”
It goes without saying that while Kaiser and Vasquez clearly bear culpability for their violent acts towards the judges, but those entrusted with judicial responsibility should know not to provoke a drunken brawl with complete strangers outside of a closed strip club.
It appears the judges will continue their judicial careers, despite the Indiana Supreme Court punishments and criminal convictions. When handing down suspensions for the judges, the court described their actions as having “gravely undermined public trust in the dignity and decency of Indiana’s judiciary.”
The people of Indiana will likely never take the rulings of Judges Adam, Jacobs and Bell seriously, ever again.
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