State panel reviewing incident involving Benton County circuit court judge

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A complaint has been filed with the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission after video showed a parking dispute between a judge, a local attorney and his family, according to JDDC executive director David Sachar.”I actually saw it on Twitter over the weekend, and we are pursuing a complaint. After reviewing it (the video), I felt like it was something we needed to look at so it will be me as the complainant,” said Sachar.Courthouse surveillance video obtained by 40/29 News shows a young man parking his truck at the Second Division Courthouse Annex on Friday night. The signs posted read “Benton County Employee Parking 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., but signs where the truck was parked read “Reserved Parking 24/7 Towing Enforced”.The video showed Benton County Division 2 Circuit Court Judge Brad Karren confronting the driver and his family.Local attorney and former state Speaker of the House Davy Carter posted a brief video of the incident to his Twitter account. Carter told 40/29 News his son was the driver of the truck. The video showed Judge Karren approaching Carter and throwing his walking cane on the ground during the confrontation. Carter said he thought Karren’s actions were inappropriate.After seeing the video, Sachar said he referred the incident to the JDDC investigation panel.”Judges are held to a higher standard, even in their personal life. I’m not commenting on this case, but just in general, judicial conduct commissions statewide, nationally, do have a certain amount of judges (reviewed) when their personal conduct might affect people’s view of the judiciary,” he said.When 40/29 News contacted Judge Karren’s office, an assistant said he would not be issuing a statement about the incident.Sachar said the investigation panel could have initial findings of their review available sometime in June.

A complaint has been filed with the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission after video showed a parking dispute between a judge, a local attorney and his family, according to JDDC executive director David Sachar.

“I actually saw it on Twitter over the weekend, and we are pursuing a complaint. After reviewing it (the video), I felt like it was something we needed to look at so it will be me as the complainant,” said Sachar.

Courthouse surveillance video obtained by 40/29 News shows a young man parking his truck at the Second Division Courthouse Annex on Friday night. The signs posted read “Benton County Employee Parking 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., but signs where the truck was parked read “Reserved Parking 24/7 Towing Enforced”.

The video showed Benton County Division 2 Circuit Court Judge Brad Karren confronting the driver and his family.

Local attorney and former state Speaker of the House Davy Carter posted a brief video of the incident to his Twitter account.

Carter told 40/29 News his son was the driver of the truck. The video showed Judge Karren approaching Carter and throwing his walking cane on the ground during the confrontation. Carter said he thought Karren’s actions were inappropriate.

After seeing the video, Sachar said he referred the incident to the JDDC investigation panel.

“Judges are held to a higher standard, even in their personal life. I’m not commenting on this case, but just in general, judicial conduct commissions statewide, nationally, do have a certain amount of judges (reviewed) when their personal conduct might affect people’s view of the judiciary,” he said.

When 40/29 News contacted Judge Karren’s office, an assistant said he would not be issuing a statement about the incident.

Sachar said the investigation panel could have initial findings of their review available sometime in June.

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