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Disciplinary Actions - 7/2/14

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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.

Suspension
The suspension of Michael L. Lipsky, of St. Joseph County, has been converted to an indefinite suspension, per a June 12 order by the Indiana Supreme Court. Lipsky was suspended in October 2013 for noncooperation concerning a grievance.

Michael J. Alexander, of Delaware County, has been suspended for 60 days with automatic reinstatement, per a June 16 order. The Indiana Supreme Court found he violated Indiana Professional Conduct Rules 5.5(a) and 8.4(a) for hiring an attorney who had resigned from the bar two years earlier. Alexander later fired the attorney. The justices found Alexander violated Rules 3.4(c), 3.4(e) and 8.4(d) regarding his actions involving discovery in a dram shop case and statements made during closing argument. The Supreme Court noted Alexander took corrective steps regarding his hiring of the ex-attorney and expressed regret regarding his conduct, but that he also has a history of discipline.

His suspension begins Aug. 5 and the costs of the proceeding are assessed against him.

Paul K. Ogden, of Marion County, has been suspended for 30 days with automatic reinstatement, per a June 16 order. The Indiana Supreme Court found comments Ogden made regarding a judge on an estate case of Ogden’s client – that the judge committed malfeasance by allowing the estate to be opened as an unsupervised estate and not requiring the posting of bond – violated Rule 8.2(a) because he made the statements in reckless disregard of the truth or falsity. The justices held other comments Ogden made regarding the judge did not rise to the level of warranting discipline, nor did his action of sending letters to Marion Superior judges and other entities regarding the forfeiture law. Ogden’s suspension begins Aug. 5 and he is ordered to pay one-half of the costs and expenses of the proceeding and a $250 fine to the clerk.•

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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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