Disciplinary Actions -11/20/13

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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.

Jess M. Smith III, of Marion County, has been suspended for 90 days, beginning Oct. 28, all stayed subject to his completion of at least 24 months of probation with Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program monitoring. Smith pleaded guilty to Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and, as a result, violated Ind. Professional Conduct Rule 8.4(b). The costs of the proceeding are assessed against him.

Public reprimand
Larry D. Beeson, of Kosciusko County, has been publicly reprimanded for notarizing the signature on a guardianship consent form even though he did not witness the signing. The signature is a valid signature. Beeson violated Ind. Professional Conduct Rules 8.4(c) and 8.4 (d). The costs of the proceeding are assessed against him. Chief Justice Dickson dissented, believing suspension is warranted because falsely notarizing a signature is “manifestly dishonest and an absolute ethical transgression.”

Suspension terminated
The suspension of Jeffrey D. Heck, of Hamilton County, has been terminated as of Oct. 21, per a Supreme Court order. Heck was suspended for noncooperation with the Disciplinary Commission but has since cooperated with its investigation. The reinstatement to practice will take effect if no other suspension is in effect.•


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  1. So the prosecutor made an error and the defendants get a full remedy. Just one short paragraph to undo the harm of the erroneous prosecution. Wow. Just wow.

  2. Wake up!!!! Lawyers are useless!! it makes no difference in any way to speak about what is important!! Just dont tell your plans to the "SELFRIGHTEOUS ARROGANT JERKS!! WHO THINK THEY ARE BETTER THAN ANOTHER MAN/WOMAN!!!!!!

  3. Looks like you dont understand Democracy, Civilized Society does not cut a thiefs hands off, becouse now he cant steal or write or feed himself or learn !!! You deserve to be over punished, Many men are mistreated hurt in many ways before a breaking point happens! grow up !!!

  4. It was all that kept us from tyranny. So sad that so few among the elite cared enough to guard the sacred trust. Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law. Sophocles No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor. Theodore Roosevelt That was the ideal ... here is the Hoosier reality: The King can do no wrong. Legal maxim From the Latin 'Rex non potest peccare'. When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal. Richard Nixon

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