ELWOOD — A former city court judge has been suspended from practicing law by the Indiana Supreme Court.
Citing Veronica M. Roby’s alleged failure to cooperate with the investigation of a grievance filed against her, Indiana Supreme Court Judge Brent Dickson ordered her to stop practicing.
The order is unclear about specific details of the grievance, but public record documents indicate Roby was involved in a small-claims dispute with Andrew Jackson of Anderson in December 2012. It’s unknown whether that is the dispute which caused the suspension. Records indicate Roby paid the plaintiff in May, and the case was closed.
The suspension indicates Roby will be unable to practice law until the Disciplinary Commission certifies that she’s cooperating, the investigation is disposed of or until the court orders otherwise. Roby was also asked to pay $523.72 for the cost of prosecution.
It isn’t the first time Roby has been disciplined formally. In 2003, Roby was publicly admonished for an apparent case of preferential treatment. In 2001, an Elwood man was arrested for public intoxicated and charges were filed in Roby’s court. Roby and the defendant began a personal relationship, and Roby asked the prosecution to dismiss the charges.
The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications determined Roby had abused her position, and issued the public reprimand.
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