Dearborn County Law
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - A man accused of intimidating a Dearborn County judge by what he wrote on a blog is having his trial handed to a judge outside of the county.
Dan Brewington was indicted by a grand jury last month for charges including Intimidation, Intimidation of a Judge, Attempt to Commit Obstruction of Justice, and Perjury. He remains in the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center on a $500,000 surety and $100,000 cash bond.
Brewington, 37, runs a blog, “Dan’s Adventures in Taking on the Family Courts.” It centers around the 2007 divorce and custody case in which Dearborn Circuit Court Judge James Humphrey ruled Brewington could have no parenting time with his two daughters.
Humphrey was named in a number of blog rants, leading to some of the charges. Humphrey’s wife was also brought up.
Dearborn Superior Court II Judge Sally Blankenship was named in other posts.
With the case being handled in her court, Blankenship informed the Indiana Supreme Court in March she was disqualifying herself from the Brewington matter “to avoid the appearance of bias or prejudice.”
The state Supreme Court last week appointed Decatur County Judge John Westhafer to preside over the case from now on.
Westhafer has set Brewington’s next court date on May 11 for a pretrial conference.
Since being arrested, Brewington’s relatives have been posting on his blog for him. He claims he is considering a lawsuit against Dearborn County in regards to the medical treatment he is receiving while in jail. He has also posted a letter written to the American Civil Liberties Union.