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Disciplinary Actions - 4/27/11

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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.

Resignation
Eric S. Crockett of Marion County has resigned from the practice of law in Indiana. In a Supreme Court order filed April 8, 2011, the court accepted Crockett’s resignation effective immediately. He is ineligible to petition for reinstatement to the practice of law for five years.

Reinstatement
Darren T. Cole of Cedar Hills, Utah, was reinstated to the practice of law in Indiana, effective immediately, in a Supreme Court order dated April 7, 2011. Cole was suspended in March for failure to satisfy costs ordered in connection with a lawyer discipline proceeding. He paid in full the amount owed along with a $200 reinstatement fee.

Paula G. Coody of Scott County received a public reprimand in a Supreme Court order filed April 8, 2011. Coody violated Indiana Professional Conduct Rule 1.3: Failure to act with reasonable diligence and promptness; 1.4(a)(3): Failure to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter; and 1.4(a)(4): Failure to comply promptly with a client’s reasonable requests for information. Coody was retained by a personal representative to handle a decedent’s estate but failed to file a tax return for the estate or respond to the representative’s inquiries about the estate and its taxes. After a grievance was filed, Coody acknowledged the neglect, refunded her entire fee, and offered to close the estate as soon as possible, which has occurred.•

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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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