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Accused attorney attacker suspended

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The attorney accused of attacking another lawyer last year has been suspended from practice.

The Indiana Supreme Court issued an order Monday of interim suspension for Augustus Mendenhall, who will be suspended pendente lite effective July 6. The suspension is a result of an emergency petition filed by the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission.

Mendenhall faces charges of attempted murder, armed robbery, aggravated battery, criminal confinement, and resisting law enforcement following an alleged attack on Indianapolis attorney Edward DeLaney. The two met in Hamilton County, and DeLaney believed the purpose of the meeting was to discuss Mendenhall’s possible purchase of property in Carmel. A passerby saw Mendenhall attacking DeLaney and called police.

DeLaney also serves as an Indiana state representative, representing House District 86.

Mendenhall was admitted to the Indiana bar in October 2008. His jury trial is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 7 in Hamilton Superior Court.

Justices Frank Sullivan and Theodore Boehm did not participate in the order.
 

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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