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  Booze, Gunshots and White Castle: Three Judges Are Suspended for Brawl
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Nov 16, 2019 03:29pm
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AuthorJohn Ismay
News DateFriday, November 15, 2019 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe judges’ plan, if there ever was one, was to enjoy a couple of drinks with their colleagues the night before a judicial conference in Indianapolis.

But by 3 a.m. the next morning, three Indiana circuit court judges, by way of a failed attempt to enter a strip club, were brawling with two strangers outside a White Castle in a drunken melee that ended with two of the judges shot and in critical condition in a hospital.

In the latest repercussion from that night, the judges, Andrew Adams, Bradley B. Jacobs and Sabrina R. Bell, were this week suspended from the bench by the Indiana Supreme Court for having “gravely undermined public trust in the dignity and decency of Indiana’s judiciary.”

According to police reports and the opinion issued by the Supreme Court, the drinking began early in the evening of April 30 for Judge Jacobs, who had a scotch in the hotel lobby after checking into his room for the conference. At 7 p.m., Judge Bell kicked things off with a couple of Seagram’s Escapes. Sometime after 10 p.m., Judge Adams started drinking beers at an Irish pub. Around 12:30 a.m., all three were drinking with a court magistrate at another bar, throwing darts and playing cornhole.

About 3 a.m. they headed for the strip club, which had just closed for the night. The four officers of the court then walked to a nearby White Castle. The magistrate went inside while the three judges waited in the parking lot.
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