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Disciplinary Actions - 3/27/13

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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.

Suspension
Louis W. Denney, of Delaware County, has been suspended for at least three years by the Indiana Supreme Court for violating 15 of the Indiana Professional Conduct Rules. The suspension, handed down March 5, is effective April 15.

Denney allegedly committed multiple counts of misconduct from 2003 to 2010, including neglecting clients’ cases, charging unreasonable fees, failing to return unearned fees, and disobeying court orders. The justices found, among other things, that Denney engaged in a pattern of misconduct over a period of years, obstructed the disciplinary proceedings by intentionally failing to cooperate with the disciplinary commission’s investigation, and he has shown little remorse.

Justice Steven David would have disbarred Denney; Justice Robert Rucker would impose a one-year suspension without automatic reinstatement as recommended by the hearing officer. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against Denney.•

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