Three Indiana judges were removed without charge for their involvement in a shootout during a drunken brawl outside a White Castle restaurant in May.
The state Supreme Court says in an order issued Tuesday that district judges – Andrew Adams and Bradley B. Jacobs of Clark County and Sabrina R. Bell or Crawford County – behaved in a manner "that was not simply inconvenient." on a personal level;
Previously, Adams was sentenced to a year in prison with all but one day, after he pleaded guilty to battery in the incident during which he and Jacobs received gunshot wounds.
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Judges and a fourth judge, Clark County Magistrate William Dawkins, met at a bar where they had dinner for several hours before deciding to go to a strip club that was closed, investigators said. Then they went to the White Castle.
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The judges stayed outside until Dawkins walked in around 3:15, according to court documents. Then two men pulled into a car and shouted something out the window, to which Bell "extended his middle finger" in response.
The men pulled into the parking lot and exited, leading to a "heated verbal dispute … all participants shouting, using obscene words, and making disparaging, mocking, or arrogant gestures to the other group," according to the documents.
The confrontation ended when one of the men in the car, identified as Brandon Kaiser, pulled a gun and shot Adams once and Jacobs twice, investigators said. Both men underwent emergency surgery and were hospitalized for several days. Related
Investigators say Adams kicked Kaiser in the back during the altercation. That is why he was criminally charged with battery while Jacobs and Bell were not charged.
According to court documents, the investigation found that Bell was so drunk he couldn't remember throwing his car away, but "admits that
in a statement to detectives, Bell stated that he was good friends with Adams and Jacobs, whom she described as "very protective of me."
She also told investigators that she
"I'm fiery and enchanted, but if for a second I would ever think they would fight or that this man had a gun on him, I never would, never have. .., ”Bell said according to court documents. The quotation is omitted in the original document.
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All three judges were raised on disciplinary charges leading to this week's order, the Supreme Court overruled Adams for 60 days and Jay for 60 days and Jay and Bell for 30 days, all free of charge. Dawkins, the magistrate, was at White Castle during the dispute and was not part of the case.
Kaiser is scheduled for consideration in early January of 14 counts of aggravated battery, battery with a deadly weapon, battery carrying an unlicensed handgun and misconduct.
The other man in the car, Alfredo Vasquez, who is Kaiser's nephew, pleaded guilty to abuse of a battery in early November and was sentenced to 180 days in house arrest and a year of probation.