Indiana Supreme Court Suspends Magistrate Facing Felony Charges In Hamilton County

(HAMILTON CO.) – The Indiana Supreme Court has imposed an interim suspension on Magistrate William Greenaway of Hamilton Superior Court, effective immediately. The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications filed a “Notice of Criminal Charges and Request for Suspension” with the Indiana Supreme Court.

The Notice, case number 19S-JD-165, was filed by the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications when the Commission learned a prosecutor had filed three Level 6 Felony charges against Magistrate Greenaway. According to Admission and Discipline Rule 25(V)(A) of the Indiana Rules of Court, “A judicial officer shall be suspended with pay by the Supreme Court…upon the filing of an indictment or information charging the judicial officer in any court in the United States with a crime punishable as a felony under the laws of Indiana or the United States.”
After reviewing the request, the Indiana Supreme Court ordered Magistrate Greenaway suspended with pay, as required by court rule. Magistrate Greenaway’s interim suspension remains in effect until further order of the Court or final determination of any disciplinary proceedings if any, that may arise from the criminal charges.
The Commission on Judicial Qualifications is the 7-member group that investigates alleged ethical misconduct by judges. Chief Justice Loretta Rush chairs the Commission. The Indiana Supreme Court has final authority over judicial discipline.