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Disciplinary Actions - 3/26/14

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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.

Contempt of Court
Patricia S. Beecher, of Lake County, was found in contempt of court March 6 by the Indiana Supreme Court for continuing to represent clients after her license was suspended. She was suspended Aug. 8, 2013, from the practice of law for disability. Beecher represented clients in Merrillville Town Court while suspended and told the judge that her suspension did not take effect for 45 days. She had discussed with her attorney filing a petition for additional time to close her practice, but she did not know whether her suspension date had in fact been postponed when she told the judge she could practice. The justices ordered Beecher to pay $300. Justice Rucker declined to find her in contempt, believing Beecher’s action was simply a matter of miscommunication between her and her attorney.

Resignation
Ronald W. Frazier, of Marion County, has resigned from the bar, effective March 6. Any disciplinary proceedings pending against him are dismissed as moot. He must wait five years to petition for reinstatement and the costs of the proceeding are assessed against him.

Clark W. Holesinger, of Porter County, has resigned from the bar, effective March 12. Any disciplinary proceedings pending against him are dismissed as moot. He must wait five years to petition for reinstatement and the costs of the proceeding are assessed against him.

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  1. I need an experienced attorney to handle a breach of contract matter. Kindly respond for more details. Graham Young

  2. I thought the slurs were the least grave aspects of her misconduct, since they had nothing to do with her being on the bench. Why then do I suspect they were the focus? I find this a troubling trend. At least she was allowed to keep her law license.

  3. Section 6 of Article I of the Indiana Constitution is pretty clear and unequivocal: "Section 6. No money shall be drawn from the treasury for the benefit of any religious or theological institution."

  4. Video pen? Nice work, "JW"! Let this be a lesson and a caution to all disgruntled ex-spouses (or soon-to-be ex-spouses) . . . you may think that altercation is going to get you some satisfaction . . . it will not.

  5. First comment on this thread is a fitting final comment on this thread, as that the MCBA never answered Duncan's fine question, and now even Eric Holder agrees that the MCBA was in material error as to the facts: "I don't get it" from Duncan December 1, 2014 5:10 PM "The Grand Jury met for 25 days and heard 70 hours of testimony according to this article and they made a decision that no crime occurred. On what basis does the MCBA conclude that their decision was "unjust"? What special knowledge or evidence does the MCBA have that the Grand Jury hearing this matter was unaware of? The system that we as lawyers are sworn to uphold made a decision that there was insufficient proof that officer committed a crime. How can any of us say we know better what was right than the jury that actually heard all of the the evidence in this case."

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