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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. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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