On Monday, August 7, 2023, the Owen Circuit Court in Indiana issued a notice regarding a contempt of court case involving Darcie Sheehan and Matthew Sheehan, a judge of Vigo County Division 5. The court found Matthew Sheehan to be in contempt of the court’s orders, specifically, the agreed provisional entry issued on March 23, 2023, and the court’s orders regarding discovery timeframes.

According to a report by mywabashvalley.com, Judge Matthew Sheehan has been found in contempt of court for allegedly failing to follow court orders regarding expenses and child support in an ongoing divorce case. Documents obtained from Owen County reveal that Sheehan underpaid, delayed, or neglected various expenses, seriously undermining the court’s credibility.

Legal expert Charles Geyh highlighted the seriousness of the matter, noting that judges who disregard court orders could face removal. The court gave Sheehan 30 days to rectify the situation, warning of potential sanctions if he didn’t comply.

The process for addressing judicial misconduct, outlined in Indiana’s Judicial Conduct Code, involves filing a complaint, followed by an inquiry and investigation. Sanctions could range from reprimands to suspension or removal, determined by the state’s Supreme Court.

The court’s decision was made on August 4, 2023, and a report regarding the issuance of the order was made to the appropriate authority, as required by Rule 2.15 of the Code of Judicial Conduct. The court emphasized that it would remain impartial in the case, but felt it necessary to issue a notice under the circumstances.

This incident emphasizes the importance of upholding court integrity, even for judges. If allegations are proven, Sheehan could face a tarnished reputation and official disciplinary measures.

Judge Matthew Sheehan presides as the judge of Vigo Superior Court Division 5, which is located at 33 S 3rd St. Terre Haute, IN 47807. The court can be reached at (812) 462-3260. His info can be found on vigocounty.in.gov.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.