INdiana Systemic Thinking

January 30, 2008

Judge Currie Gets Probation

In an update to my post here, Carroll Circuit Court Judge Donald Currie received probation, will have his driver’s license restricted, and will have to pay court costs due to a recent charge of Public Intoxication.  Here is the full story, from the Carroll County Comet.

Carroll Circuit Court Judge Donald Currie pled not guilty at an initial hearing Dec. 26 after being arrested for public intoxication Dec. 23 in Boone County. A bench trial was scheduled for March at the initial hearing, but Currie then scheduled a plea agreement for Feb. 19. However, that date was moved up when Currie pled and was found guilty in Boone County Superior Court II by Judge Rebecca McClure Jan. 22.

According to the Lebanon Reporter, Currie was found guilty of a Class B misdemeanor and issued a 180-day suspended sentence with credit given for his day in the Boone County Jail. Currie was ordered to pay $450 legal fees and his drivers’ license was restricted.

Currie’s case could be investigated by the Indiana Judicial Qualifications Commission concerning judicial conduct violations. According to Meg Babcock, supervisor for the counsel to the commission, that process is completely separate from the court case and is not a matter of public record until the time formal charges are filed with the Indiana Supreme Court.

“There is a lot the commission can do short of filing charges,” Babcock said.

She said there could be no investigation, suspension from office without pay and other remedies which include fines, removal from office or disbarment. She called removal from office the “ultimate sanction.” Babcock said the Indiana Supreme Court would be the entity to decide upon the sanction if charges were filed. The commission would be making a recommendation to that court.

Babcock referred the Comet to two similar cases investigated by the commission in the past two years. In both cases, the judges stipulated to the facts of the cases and their “misconduct.” Both were issued a “public reprimand” for their behavior.


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    In 1997, while riding through the backwoods of Indiana, a 20 year old Tennessee boy was pulled over by the Boone County Sheriff’s department and arrested for an OWI without bodily injury. Miles away from home, he faced and lost a Jury Trial and was sentenced to 3 years suspended and placed on probation. Upon his release, he returned home rather than living on the streets in Indiana.

    Fast forward 3 years and in 2000 the boy was again arrested for DUI in Tennessee and waited extradition to Indiana for his violation of probation warrant. Indiana failed to extradite.

    10 years later, in the spring of 2010, he was again arrested for a DUI and served out his time in a Tennessee County jail, upon his release he was extradited to Indiana.

    His probation was revoked and he was sentenced to serve out the remainder of his sentence in an Indiana IDOC facility. After serving 14 months and attending 2 IDOC programs, he was paroled on Interstate Compact and was allowed to return to his home state of Tennessee in August 2011.

    In the fall of 2011 he was again arrested for a DUI and after serving a year in a Tennessee County jail he was once again extradited to Indiana.

    His parole was revoked, October 2013 and was sentenced to the remainder of his 3 year sentence.

    To date, the indigent inmate has cost the taxpayers of Indiana, $48,634 for housing, $3400 in pauper based court motions and lawyer fees, $1200 in an appeals case, $1800 in extradition costs, $2100 in IDOC program fees and plans, probation and parole costs, and plans to further incur taxpayers paying for additional filing of further motions both in the State and Supreme Courts.

    The now 36 year old inmate IDOC #223275, sits in the Putnamville Correctional Facility to wait out his time until he is again released in May 2014.

    Does incarceration have any impact on the root cause of his alcohol addiction? Do Indiana taxpayers not mind that this inmate has racked up to date $57,134? For the amount the taxpayers have paid to “punish” this inmate, the citizens of Indiana, not Tennessee, could have used that money to fund 78 after school programs for High Risk students or 28 new playgrounds. To put this in perspective, there are approximately 7 low medium security prisons in Indiana. Over a half of the population are serving out Felony D sentences. Out of 27,000 inmates housed in Indiana Prisons, 15,000 are serving out Felony D sentences. The total cost to house these inmates per year comes to $308,461,500 or 15,423 new school playgrounds or the ability to provide 421,395 high school students with after school programs.

    During sentencing of our Tennessee boy, Judge McClure, Boone County Superior Court II stated in transcript during sentencing “I’m not concerned about the taxpayer’s money…”

    I ask the citizens of Indiana… are you concerned?

    Comment by Jason Saunders — October 13, 2013 @ 4:58 pm | Reply

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