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Disciplinary Actions - 5/11/12

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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
James D. Nafe Jr., of St. Joseph County, has been suspended immediately from the practice of law for noncooperation with the Disciplinary Commission, per an April 19, 2012, order from the Indiana Supreme Court. He is also ordered to reimburse the commission $522.76 for the costs of prosecuting the proceeding.

Charles P. White, of Marion County, has been suspended pendente lite from practice, per an April 25, 2012, order from the Indiana Supreme Court. The suspension took effect 15 days from the date of the order. White, the former Indiana Secretary of State, was suspended following his Class D felony convictions of submission of a false, fictitious or fraudulent registration application; two counts of perjury; voting outside a precinct of residence; procuring, casting or tabulating a false, fictitious or fraudulent ballot; and theft. The interim suspension shall continue until further order of the court.

Resignation
James R. Kilburn, of Scott County, has resigned from the Indiana bar, according to an April 19, 2012, order from the Indiana Supreme Court. By accepting his resignation, the justices ordered that any disciplinary proceedings pending against Kilburn be dismissed. He will not be eligible to petition for reinstatement for five years.

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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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