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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. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  2. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

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  5. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

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