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Columbus attorney suspended for 6 months

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The Indiana Supreme Court has suspended a Columbus attorney who faces felony drug charges for accepting cocaine from a client in lieu of payment for legal services.

The court issued an order of interim suspension Tuesday against James Michael Kummerer, who was arrested in April on three Class A felony charges. His criminal case is currently pending in Bartholomew Circuit Court, but the state's Supreme Court has decided to suspend him for 180 days starting Sept. 28, unless the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission shows that time should be extended.

This emergency suspension comes "due to alleged misconduct that may cause Respondent's continued practice of law during the pendency of a disciplinary investigation or proceeding to pose a substantial threat of harm to the public, clients, potential clients, or the administration of justice."This is not first suspension for Kummerer, who has been practicing in the state for 33 years. He was suspended for six months and put on a year of probation in August 1999 after police stopped him in Marion County for possessing more than three grams of cocaine. Five months of that suspension were inactive and conditional on random drug tests and treatment, and he was suspended for 30 days.
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    This was once my attorney right before his troubles.I feel he may have not done the right thing during my case.I was post to be on the first time affender.But i am not everything is showing up on my background.Which in my line of work in the health feild.It is causing a rift to me becoming a nurse to futher my career for my children.I understand there is a new law to help people like me. Please if anyone feels they can help please send an email dianadenney96@yahoo.com

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  1. Don't we have bigger issues to concern ourselves with?

  2. Anyone who takes the time to study disciplinary and bar admission cases in Indiana ... much of which is, as a matter of course and by intent, off the record, would have a very difficult time drawing lines that did not take into account things which are not supposed to matter, such as affiliations, associations, associates and the like. Justice Hoosier style is a far departure than what issues in most other parts of North America. (More like Central America, in fact.) See, e.g., http://www.theindianalawyer.com/indiana-attorney-illegally-practicing-in-florida-suspended-for-18-months/PARAMS/article/42200 When while the Indiana court system end the cruel practice of killing prophets of due process and those advocating for blind justice?

  3. Wouldn't this call for an investigation of Government corruption? Chief Justice Loretta Rush, wrote that the case warranted the high court’s review because the method the Indiana Court of Appeals used to reach its decision was “a significant departure from the law.” Specifically, David wrote that the appellate panel ruled after reweighing of the evidence, which is NOT permissible at the appellate level. **But yet, they look the other way while an innocent child was taken by a loving mother who did nothing wrong"

  4. Different rules for different folks....

  5. I would strongly suggest anyone seeking mediation check the experience of the mediator. There are retired judges who decide to become mediators. Their training and experience is in making rulings which is not the point of mediation.

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