The Decatur Daily Democrat

Judge suspended for hitting someone while a child watched


ENGLISH, Ind. — The Indiana Supreme Court imposed an interim suspension Thursday on a southern Indiana judge arrested on a felony for hitting someone while a child watched.

The high court acted against Circuit Judge Sabrina Bell of Crawford County after it received a “Notice of Criminal Charges and Request for Suspension” from the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualificat­ions. The interim suspension with pay was effective immediatel­y.

Indiana State Police arrested Bell on Thursday on a charge of domestic battery in the presence of a child less than 16 years old. The charges stem from an incident that occurred in Crawford County on April 12.

Bell was booked into the Crawford County Jail and has since been released on pre- trial conditions, police said,

Police did not say who Bell battered.

Bell’s interim suspension “remains in effect until further order of the Court or final determinat­ion of any disciplina­ry proceeding­s, if any, that may arise from the criminal charges,” the Supreme Court said.

The Commission on Judicial Qualificat­ions is the 7-member group that investigat­es alleged ethical misconduct by judges. Chief Justice Loretta Rush chairs the Commission. The Indiana Supreme Court has final authority over judicial discipline.

Bell served a 30-day suspension in 2019 for her involvemen­t in a downtown Indianapol­is fight and double-shooting that followed a night of bar-hopping.

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