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Disciplinary Actions - 4/19/17

IL Staff
April 19, 2017
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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.

Reciprocal Discipline
Chicago attorney Courtney O. Wylie was suspended by the Indiana Supreme Court March 30 due to her suspension in Illinois. The suspension took effect Feb. 3. If she is reinstated in Illinois, she may petition for reinstatement in Indiana. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against her.

Suspension
Carl J. Brizzi, of Marion County, was suspended by the Indiana Supreme Court April 5 related to when he was Marion County prosecutor and worked out a favorable plea agreement for a former criminal defense attorney facing drug charges with whom Brizzi had a business relationship. Brizzi’s 30-day suspension begins May 1. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against him.

The Indiana Supreme Court converted Pike County attorney John D. Pierce’s suspension for noncooperation to an indefinite suspension April 11.

Reinstatement
Teresa Perry McKeethen, of Vanderburgh County, was reinstated to the practice April 5 by the Indiana Supreme Court. McKeethen was arrested in 2007 on eight counts related to possessing and distributing methamphetamine. She pleaded guilty in 2008 and was sentenced to six years in prison. McKeethen filed her petition for reinstatement in January 2015.•

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

  3. 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?

  4. 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"

  5. Different rules for different folks....

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