Three Indiana judges have been suspended for getting into a drunken fight at a White Castle, during which two of them were shot. The suspension, handed down Thursday by the Indiana Supreme Court, is in connection with a May incident involving judges Andrew Adams, Bradley Jacobs and Sabrina Bell.
The drunken chain of events began when a group of judges got together at an Indianapolis bar the night before a convention they were set to attend. After four of the judges were turned away from a strip club, they went to White Castle. While the fourth member of the group was inside, Bell allegedly flipped off a passing SUV, prompting a brawl between the group and the vehicle's two occupants.
It ended when one of the men pulled out a gun and shot Adams and Jacobs. Both have recovered from the wounds. In issuing the suspension, the Supreme Court said the judges "gravely undermined public trust in the dignity and decency of Indiana's judiciary." Jacobs and Bell have been suspended for 30 days without pay, while Adams -- who in September pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery -- has been suspended for 60 days. Is this punishment a little light? Should they have lost their jobs over it?