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Disciplinary Actions - 11/6/13

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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.

Suspension
Michael L. Lipsky, of St. Joseph County, has been suspended immediately for noncooperation with the Disciplinary Commission, per two Oct. 24 Supreme Court orders on different cases. He must reimburse the commission $1,036.66 for costs of prosecuting the proceedings.

William P. McCall III, of Clark County, has been suspended 90 days as of Oct. 24, per a Supreme Court order, with all stayed subject to completion of at least 24 months of probation with Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program monitoring. McCall was convicted of Class B misdemeanor public intoxication in July 2011 and of operating while intoxicated endangering a person as a Class A misdemeanor in 2012. The justices found he violated Ind. Professional Conduct Rule 8.4(b). The costs of the proceeding are assessed against him.

Reciprocal Discipline

James C. Kotz, of Lake County, has been suspended indefinitely from the practice of law in Indiana as a result of his suspensions in Illinois and Wisconsin. If reinstated in those states, he may file for reinstatement here. He was under an order of interim suspension at the time the justices issued the Oct. 24 order imposing reciprocal discipline.

Resignation
Christopher C. Hedges, of Lake County, has resigned from the bar, effective immediately, per an Oct. 24 order. Any disciplinary proceedings against him are dismissed as moot. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against Hedges, and he must wait five years to petition for reinstatement.•

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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?

  3. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

  4. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  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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