Judge Jennifer Evans-Koethe apologized to La Porte County residents in press release and said she looks forward to resuming her duties after her court-ordered 60-day suspension.
The Indiana Supreme Court on Thursday accepted an agreement between Evans-Koethe and the Indiana Judicial Qualifications Commission and suspended the beleaguered judge for 60 days for misconduct and stipulated other provisions as well.
“I am truly sorry for those actions and apologize to the citizens of La Porte County for any conduct of mine that has not promoted the public’s confidence in the judiciary,” Evans-Koethe said in the statement.
Evans-Koethe’s troubles began in December 2008, shortly before she was to be sworn in as judge.
After a night of drinking, Evans-Koethe and her husband, Stephan Koethe, got into an argument.
She said she accidently shot herself after retrieving a gun to make her husband think she was contemplating suicide.
Later, at the hospital, she told an officials with La Porte County Sheriff’s Department that she had written a note to her husband and asked him to dispose of it because is was embarrassing.
Although a grand jury indicted her for attempted obstruction of justice, she was acquitted by a jury in January.
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