Here comes the judge.

Dawn M. Gentry, a family-court judge in Kenton County, KY has taken the term “order in the court” and given it an entirely different meaning.

An anonymous complaint was entered to the Kentucky judicial oversight body on November 18, whereby Gentry reportedly had sex with or tried to coerce at least three staff members into having sex.  

Gentry is being charged by the Judicial Conduct Commission with nine charges related to allegations that she engaged in sexual activity with staff members in the courthouse, coerced attorneys to back her election, and retaliated against a lawyer for not give her the maximum allowed campaign donation, according to the Lexington Herald Leader.

The JCC is a state panel that enforces ethics rules that governs judges’ conduct. The panel can impose penalties up to and including removal from office if it decides that a judge broke the rules.

Gentry’s attorney has denied that she had sex with court staff or took part in any wrongdoing.

The commission has charged that Gentry broke a number of rules while “engaging in a pattern of conduct that constitutes misconduct in office.”

Among the charges entered, several of them were related to her election campaign last year. While she had initially been appointed to the job, she was running for election to keep it.

While Democrats in Congress have accused President Trump of “quid pro quo” relative to a bogus telephone call, Gentry actually did offer matters of substance in return for favors. According to the complaint, she coerced people on a court panel to give her the maximum legal donations and to campaign for her, or face removal from the panel. She also used court employees to conduct campaign functions on work time, such as delivering signs.

Gentry also flirted with attorneys over the popular social media platform Snapchat, put pressure on them to sleep with her, and in one case, asked a female attorney to join her in a threesome with her former church pastor turned lover.

According to the Daily Mail, at one point she and the former pastor, Stephen Penrose, are said to have actually had a threesome with her secretary. Gentry and Penrose are apparently in a band together. Her ex-husband says that they were having an affair while he and Gentry were married. Gentry also gave Penrose a job in the court as a “case specialist.” The woman whom he replaced was fired to make room for him.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Gentry was trying to have a panelist, who was on a panel which heard cases about abused children, seduce her husband, and also to join her in group sex. The reason Gentry gave for wanting the female panelist to sleep with her estranged husband was so that she could blame him for their divorce, alleging that he had been unfaithful to her.

Afterward, she asked the woman, Katherine Schulz to have a threesome with her and Penrose at a legal conference. When Schulz refused, the friendship between the two deteriorated. Schulz then resigned from the panel.

Another panelist, Mike Hummel, said that he was replaced on the panel with someone who had donated four times as much as he did to Gentry’s re-election campaign.

Gentry is also accused of giving attorneys preferential treatment if they appeased her sexual demands and donated to her campaigns for re-election.

In addition to the sexual hijinks and campaign violations, some employees at the courthouse allegedly drank and stored liquor in the courthouse.

Gentry is a judge in Covington, KY, which is located across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. No date has been set for her disciplinary hearing.

Last month, we learned about a case in Indiana that ended in a career nightmare for three Indiana state court officials.

Here’s what went down.

On April 30, Judge Andrew Adams, Judge Bradley Jacobs and Judge Sabrina Bell headed to Indianapolis for the Spring Judicial College, a statewide judicial educational event. All three began their evening professionally socializing with colleagues in the state capital.

However, as the night grew later, the trio agreed to take the festivities to a nearby bar.

According to an official publication by the Indiana Supreme Court, the three judges convened along with Magistrate William Dawkins around midnight. After about two and a half hours of drinking, the four sworn court officers decided to continue celebrating at the Red Garter, a local strip club.

However, they were dismayed to find that the establishment was already closed for the evening upon their arrival.

Magistrate Dawkins spotted a nearby White Castle which was still serving at 3:00 am so the raucous ensemble of now intoxicated judges made their way to the restaurant. Judges Adams, Bradley and Bell remained in the parking lot while Magistrate Dawkins went inside to order.

The Honorable Sabrina R. Bell, in an inebriated state, then made one ill-planned gesture that would change not only the evening’s events, but the future careers of all the judges in attendance. As the occupants of a passing car drove by shouting, Judge Bell raised a pointed middle finger at the car.

The occupants of the car, Alfredo Vazquez and Brandon Kaiser pulled into the White Castle parking lot and a full-on skirmish ensued. The three drunk judges got into a heated altercation with Vasquez and Kaiser including profanity laced shouting and “mocking or insolent gestures” the Indiana Supreme Court concludes.

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Judge accused of using her chambers to 'pressure attorneys into group sex and had a threesome with her secretary and former church pastor'

 

It didn’t take long for the verbal altercation to turn physical. Surveillance footage shows Judge Andrew Adams kick Brandon Kaiser in the back. Further Judge Jacobs at one point had the same man laid out on the ground as the judge had a fist raised above him.

Then the parking lot scuffle turned nearly lethal when Kaiser pulled out a gun and shot Judge Jacobs twice in the chest and Judge Adams once in the abdomen. The still drunk Judge Sabrina Bell rushed to seek the aid of the White Castle employees and called 911 for emergency help.

Both Judge Jacobs and Adams required surgery and extensive hospital stays.

The Honorable Sabrina Bell claims that she was so intoxicated that she has no recollection of the night’s events. However, recovered surveillance footage shows her participation. However, she did comment to police that she felt it was her fault and further said:

“I’m not denying that I said something or egged it on … because I drink … I mean I fully acknowledge that I drink and get mouthy, and I’m fiery and I’m feisty, but if I would have ever thought for a second that they were gonna fight or that that guy had a gun on him, I would never, never …”

The preamble of the Indiana Code of Judicial Conduct reads the their legal system “is based upon the principle that an independent, impartial, and competent judiciary, composed of men and women of integrity, will interpret and apply the law that governs our society.”

The justices of the Indiana Supreme Court found that the three judges had violated the expectations of their respective roles.

Beyond disciplinary measures imposed by Supreme Court justices, Judge Adams was charged with one count of misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct, two counts of felony Battery Resulting in Moderate Injury, two counts of Class B misdemeanor Battery and two counts of Class A misdemeanor Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury.

Judge Adams was sentenced to 365 days in prison but was only required to actually serve 2 as a whopping 363 of those days were suspended.

The Indiana Supreme Court expressed in its publication on the matter that professional discipline would have meaningful lasting impact on the three judges. It reads:

“A suspension from office without pay, regardless of duration, is not a minor sanction. Even more than a public reprimand, any such suspension is a significant blemish on a sitting judge’s reputation.”

Judge Adams was suspended without pay for 60 days. Judge Jacobs and Judge Bell were suspended for 30 days. All three judges will be permitted to return to their judicial positions.


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