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Ex-coroner settles malpractice suit against Brizzi

December 30, 2013

One of two legal malpractice suits filed against former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi has been settled.

Former Hancock County Coroner Tamara Vangundy sued Brizzi over his representation after his term as prosecutor had concluded. Vangundy claimed Brizzi provided negligent legal advice she relied on in pleading guilty to a felony charge of official misconduct, after which she was removed from office.

Attorneys for Vangundy and Brizzi on Monday filed a stipulation of dismissal that said the case had been settled following mediation earlier this month. Court filings contained no further information about the settlement. “All I can say is the parties have reached an agreement and the lawsuit has been dismissed,” said Irwin Levin of Cohen & Malad LLP, who represented Vangundy.

The settlement in Tamara Vangundy v. Carl Brizzi, et al., 49D01-1305-PL-20824, is awaiting approval from Marion Superior Judge David Shaheed.

Brizzi also is facing another malpractice suit from a convicted former elected official he represented, ex-Secretary of State Charlie White. In that case, Charles White v. Carl Brizzi, et al., 49D03-1307-CT-28488, Brizzi is accused of pursuing a jury nullification strategy and failing to present a defense.

Allegations in that case mirror many of those in White’s post-conviction petition, which a judge last week rejected. Brizzi in November filed a motion to dismiss that case before Marion Superior Judge Patrick McCarty. No further proceedings have been scheduled.
 

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