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3 judges suspended after deadly fight that saw 2 being shot

By News Express on 16/11/2019

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•Judges Andrew Adams (left) and Brad Jacobs
•Judges Andrew Adams (left) and Brad Jacobs

Three judges involved in a fight at an Indiana White Castle in May, which ended with two of the judges shot, have been suspended without pay after the Indiana Supreme Court determined they committed judicial misconduct.

In an opinion issued Tuesday, the court said judges Bradley Jacobs, Andrew Adams and Sabrina Bell "engaged in judicial misconduct by appearing in public in an intoxicated state and behaving in an injudicious manner and by becoming involved in a verbal altercation."

Adams' whole blood-alcohol level was approximately 0.157 upon admission to the hospital, and Jacobs' was approximately 0.13, according to the opinion. Bell's blood-alcohol level was not tested, "but she was intoxicated enough that she lacks any memory of the incident," per the opinion.

Additionally, Adams and Jacobs "engaged in judicial misconduct by becoming involved in a physical altercation for which Judge Adams was criminally charged and convicted," the court said in its opinion.

Adams, who was the only judge criminally charged in the case, pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor battery in September. He received a sentence of 365 days in jail, a credit for two days served. The remaining 363 days of the sentence were suspended, meaning Adams served no additional jail time.

All three judges received suspensions but will eventually return to their offices. Adams was suspended without pay for 60 days beginning Tuesday, the court said. He will be reinstated as judge of the Clark Circuit Court 1 on Jan. 13.

In a statement read by his attorney, Jacobs also apologized for his actions. "I wholeheartedly apologize for my behavior that evening that has embarrassed the Indiana Supreme Court, my fellow judges and all the members of my chosen profession," the statement said. "I cannot offer any excuses for the events of that evening, nor do I attempt to offer any excuses for those choices."

What happened at White Castle

The judges traveled to Indianapolis April 30 to attend a judicial conference the next day. Around 3 a.m. May 1, the judges, along with another magistrate who was not involved in the fight, tried to enter the Red Garter Gentleman's Club in Downtown, but it was closed.

They went to the nearby White Castle at 55 W. South St. instead.

Adams, Jacobs and Bell were standing outside the restaurant when Alfredo Vazquez and Brandon Kaiser drove past the trio in a blue SUV. According to charging documents from the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications, either Kaiser or Vazquez yelled something out the window that prompted Bell to give the middle finger to the men.

When Bell did this, neither Adams nor Jacobs "discouraged the provocation or removed themselves from the situation," the court's opinion says. "Instead, all three Respondents joined in a profane verbal altercation that quickly turned into physical violence and ended in gunfire, and in doing so, gravely undermined public trust in the dignity and decency of Indiana’s judiciary."

Vazquez, according to the charges, then parked his SUV. After he and Kaiser exited the vehicle, a verbal altercation ensued, court documents said. It then turned violent when Adams and Jacobs moved toward Vazquez and Kaiser, the commission said.

Adams and Vazquez both hit and kicked each other, according to court documents, while Jacobs and Kaiser mostly wrestled on the ground. "At one point, Judge Jacobs was on top of Kaiser and had him contained on the ground," the charging documents said.

Vazquez then tried to get Jacobs off of Kaiser, the commission said. As Jacobs began to get up, Vazquez started fighting him, court documents said.

After Kaiser began to sit up, Adams kicked him in the back, the commission said. Kaiser then pulled out a gun and shot Adams in the stomach, according to court documents. The commission says Kaiser then "went over to Judge Jacobs and Vazquez and fired two more shots at Judge Jacobs in the chest."

Kaiser and Vazquez then allegedly fled the scene.

Jacobs and Adams both had two emergency surgeries after the fight, and Jacobs was hospitalized for two weeks, the opinion says.

A woman got cold fries at McDonald's:She pulled out a gun and fired a shot, reports say

Charges for Kaiser and Vazquez

Kaiser was charged with 14 crimes, including eight felony charges – four of which are Level 3 felony aggravated battery. He has a jury trial scheduled for January, according to online court records.

Vazquez was sentenced Nov. 1 to 180 days of home detention and a year of probation for violating probation and for misdemeanor battery stemming from the May 1 fight. Vazquez was on probation for a drunken driving conviction entered just two weeks before the White Castle incident.

"I am remorseful," Vazquez said in court. "I feel bad."

No criminal charges were filed against Jacobs.  (USA Today)

Source News Express

Posted 16/11/2019 7:06:11 PM

 

 

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