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Ethics complaint is dropped against Allen County clerk

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 9:11 am

A Fort Wayne man has dropped a conflict-of-interest complaint against Allen County Clerk of Courts Lisa Borgmann now that selection of a judge to hear his divorce case will be left to the Indiana Supreme Court.

Brian Thornton filed the complaint with the county's Ethics Commission earlier this month, saying Borgmann should recuse herself from selecting the judge because her husband, Dan, is representing Thornton's estranged wife, Leanne.

Allen Circuit Judge Tom Felts had been scheduled to oversee the divorce but recused himself because he had been a customer of Thornton's company, Fort Wayne Snow Removal. Under local trial rules the clerk could have selected a new judge from a rotating list of candidates, but Felts referred the case to the Supreme Court, which Thornton said rendered his complaint against Borgmann moot.