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Disciplinary Actions - 7/30/14

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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.

Resignation
Scott C. Cole, of Hendricks County, has resigned from the Indiana bar, effective July 10. Any disciplinary proceedings pending against Cole are dismissed as moot. He is not eligible to petition for reinstatement for five years. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against him.

Suspension
Benjamen W. Murphy, of Lake County, has been suspended for six months, beginning Aug. 22, with 60 days actively served and the remainder stayed subject to completion of at least three years of probation with Judges and Lawyer Assistance Program monitoring. In April 2003, Murphy pleading guilty to one count of reckless driving arising from an incident in April 2003. In December 2013, Murphy pleaded guilty to operating with a B.A.C. of at least 0.15, a charge arising from an incident in July 2009. Since his admission to the bar in 1998, Murphy has been charged on seven occasions with traffic violations between April 2003 and November 2012 – with the first six occasions including the charge of OWI.

The justices found Murphy violated Indiana Profession Conduct Rule 8.4(b). If Murphy violates his probation, the balance of the stayed suspension will be actively served without automatic reinstatement. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against him.•

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  2. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  3. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

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  5. I am the mother of the child in this case. My silence on the matter was due to the fact that I filed, both in Illinois and Indiana, child support cases. I even filed supporting documentation with the Indiana family law court. Not sure whether this information was provided to the court of appeals or not. Wish the case was done before moving to Indiana, because no matter what, there is NO WAY the state of Illinois would have allowed an appeal on a child support case!

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