Central Indiana judge suspended with pay amid investigation

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A central Indiana judge who faces misconduct allegations has been suspended with pay until the state Supreme Court decides her fate.

Chief Justice of Indiana Brent Dickson signed off on the order Thursday.

The state's Commission on Judicial Qualifications said in a petition filed Jan. 3 that Marion Superior Judge Kimberly Brown's immediate removal from the bench "is necessary to restore the public's faith in our state's system of justice."

Brown faces numerous misconduct counts, including allegations she delayed the release of at least nine defendants from jail. She's also accused of failing to train or supervise court employees, creating a hostile environment for staff and attorneys, and other allegations.

Brown's attorney filed a response Jan. 8 asking the court not to impose the interim suspension, but that request was denied.