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The Supreme Court found that the Honorable Jason A. Cichowicz, Judge of the St. Joseph Probate Court, engaged in judicial misconduct and concluded that Judge Cichowicz shall be suspended from the office of Judge of the St. Joseph Probate Court without pay for forty-five days.
The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications filed a "Notice of the Institution of Formal Proceedings and Statement of Charges" against Judge Cichowicz arguing that the judge engaged in judicial misconduct by, among other things, continuing to serve in a fiduciary position for a non-family member after taking office and abusing his office to benefit a family member. Judge Cichowicz agreed that his conduct violated the Code of Judicial Conduct and that an appropriate sanction was a forty-five-day suspension without pay plus an assessment of costs. The Supreme Court approved the suspension, holding that the sanction was within the range imposed for similar misconduct.