Disciplinary Actions - 2/13/13

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Indiana Lawyer Disciplinary Actions

The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission brings charges against attorneys who have violated the state’s rules for admission to the bar and Rules of Professional Conduct. The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications brings charges against judges, judicial officers, or judicial candidates for misconduct. Details of attorneys’ and judges’ actions for which they are being disciplined by the Supreme Court will be included unless they are not a matter of public record under the court’s rules.

Public reprimand
Kathryn R. Janeway, of Hendricks County, has received a public reprimand following her guilty plea to Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated. At the time, she was a deputy prosecutor in Hendricks County but has since been terminated from that job.

She self reported her arrest and conviction to the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission and is in full compliance with a treatment program through I.U. Health at Methodist Hospital. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against her.

John W. Nelson, of Hamilton County, has been suspended for not reporting three criminal convictions, including for drunk driving, to the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, per a Jan. 28 Supreme Court order.

Nelson violated Indiana Professional Conduct Rule 8.4(b): Committing a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer, and Ind. Admission and Discipline Rule 23(11.1)(a)(2): Failure to notify the commission of a guilty finding, and failure to transmit a certified copy of a guilty finding to the commission within 10 days of the finding.

He has been suspended for 180 days beginning March 8, with 30 days actively served and the remainder stayed subject to completion of at least 36 months of probation. He is working with the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against Nelson.

David F. Rees, of Marion County, has resigned from the bar effective Jan. 28, per a Supreme Court order. Any pending disciplinary actions against Rees are dismissed as moot. He must wait five years before petitioning for reinstatement to the practice of law. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against him.

Michael C. Kendall, of Vanderburgh County, has resigned from the bar effective Jan. 28, per a Supreme Court order. Any pending disciplinary actions against Kendall are dismissed as moot. He must wait five years before petitioning for reinstatement to the practice of law. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against him.•


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  1. Great observation Smith. By my lights, speaking personally, they already have. They counted my religious perspective in a pro-life context as a symptom of mental illness and then violated all semblance of due process to banish me for life from the Indiana bar. The headline reveals the truth of the Hoosier elite's animus. Details here: Denied 2016 petition for cert (this time around): (“2016Pet”) Amicus brief 2016: (“2016Amici”) As many may recall, I was banned for five years for failing to "repent" of my religious views on life and the law when a bar examiner demanded it of me, resulting in a time out to reconsider my "clinging." The time out did not work, so now I am banned for life. Here is the five year time out order: Denied 2010 petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): (“2010Pet”) Read this quickly if you are going to read it, the elites will likely demand it be pulled down or pile comments on to bury it. (As they have buried me.)

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