Indiana Supreme Court reverses judge for derogatory remarks

This updated photo provided by the Indiana Supreme Court on June 18, 2014 shows the members of the Indiana Supreme Court. The are: Justice Robert D. Rucker, top left, Brent E. Dickson, Chief Justice, top center, Justice Steven H. David, top right; Justice Loretta H. Rush, bottom left; Justice Mark S. Massa. It's only been two years since Brent Dickson was named Indiana chief justice to lead an almost entirely new state Supreme Court. Now Dickson is stepping aside, and the question now is: Which of the remaining four justices till take his place? (AP Photo/Indiana Supreme Court)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court has overturned a lower court ruling placing a teenager into the care of the Department of Child Services, pointing to the derogatory remarks of the judge.

The teen’s mother in 2013 contended she was tired of her daughter’s actions and would sign her over to Child Services. The girl’s father objected and said he would seek custody during divorce proceedings.

Marion Juvenile Court Judge Marilyn Moores expressed impatience with the overlap between the divorce case and the girl’s placement with Child Service.

The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/1E6xQUo) the judge called the parents “knuckleheads” and their dispute “ridiculous and retarded.” She eventually ruled the teen was a child in need of services.

The Supreme Court said Moores’ remarks were coercive and her conduct “breached the court’s duty of impartiality.”

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