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Attorney wanted on drug charges arrested

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A northern Indiana attorney wanted in Noble County on various drug charges was arrested late Wednesday, according to the Noble County Sheriff’s Department.

Jon A. Criss, 43, faces charges of Class D felonies possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance, and Class A misdemeanors possession of marijuana and possession of a synthetic drug. The charges stem from items allegedly recovered during the execution of a search warrant of Criss’ home on July 17, according to a release from the sheriff’s department.  

When the charges were filed by Noble County Prosecutor Steven Clouse Wednesday afternoon, Criss’ whereabouts were not known, but a tip led to his arrest later in the day. The sheriff’s department release says he was arrested without incident at his home.

Criss' initial hearing was held Wednesday, in which the judge set his bond at $75,000, Clouse said. During the hearing, the state submitted evidence that Criss turned in his own obituary to the Kendallville News Sun this week. Clouse said the state argued that one who falsifies his own obituary is intending to fleat and not be caught.

Criss intends to represent himself, and his pretrial conference and omnibus date are set for September 18.

Criss was admitted to practice in 1994. According to the roll of attorneys, he was suspended in June; the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission filed a petition July 24 against Criss for failure to cooperate with the disciplinary process.

 

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  1. Such things are no more elections than those in the late, unlamented Soviet Union.

  2. It appears the police and prosecutors are allowed to change the rules halfway through the game to suit themselves. I am surprised that the congress has not yet eliminated the right to a trial in cases involving any type of forensic evidence. That would suit their foolish law and order police state views. I say we eliminate the statute of limitations for crimes committed by members of congress and other government employees. Of course they would never do that. They are all corrupt cowards!!!

  3. Poor Judge Brown probably thought that by slavishly serving the godz of the age her violations of 18th century concepts like due process and the rule of law would be overlooked. Mayhaps she was merely a Judge ahead of her time?

  4. in a lawyer discipline case Judge Brown, now removed, was presiding over a hearing about a lawyer accused of the supposedly heinous ethical violation of saying the words "Illegal immigrant." (IN re Barker) http://www.in.gov/judiciary/files/order-discipline-2013-55S00-1008-DI-429.pdf .... I wonder if when we compare the egregious violations of due process by Judge Brown, to her chiding of another lawyer for politically incorrectness, if there are any conclusions to be drawn about what kind of person, what kind of judge, what kind of apparatchik, is busy implementing the agenda of political correctness and making off-limits legit advocacy about an adverse party in a suit whose illegal alien status is relevant? I am just asking the question, the reader can make own conclsuion. Oh wait-- did I use the wrong adjective-- let me rephrase that, um undocumented alien?

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