Judge, commissioner face possible discipline in delayed release

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A judge and a commissioner could be disciplined for keeping a man in prison two years after DNA cleared him of rape.

The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications has filed notice in the Indiana Supreme Court of 11 charges against Marion Superior Court Judge Grant Hawkins and 10 charges against Master Commissioner Nancy Broyles, who works in Hawkins' court.

The charges accuse both of dereliction of duty in the case of Harold Buntin, who served 13 years in prison for rape. DNA tests later proved he was innocent, but an order granting his release sat in his file for two years.

The disciplinary notices say Hawkins and Broyles were unable to explain some of the delays in Buntin's case. The disciplinary action could take several months to resolve.

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