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Disciplinary Actions - 1/29/14

January 29, 2014
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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.

Reinstatement
Earl C. Mullins Jr. has been conditionally reinstated to the practice of law in Indiana, per a Jan. 16 order. He was suspended Sept. 6, 2013, based on his suspension in Kentucky. Mullins’ probationary reinstatement here is subject to compliance with the terms of his probation in Kentucky. When he is released from probation there, he may file a petition to terminate probation in Indiana.

Patrick V. Baker, of Marion County, has been reinstated to the practice of law in Indiana, per a Jan. 16 order. Baker was suspended in October 2011. Baker shall pay any costs owed under Admis. Disc. R. 23(18)(d).

Resignation
Michael K. Bonnell, of Owen County, has resigned from the bar, effective Jan. 16. His affidavit of resignation requires an acknowledgement that there is presently pending an investigation into or a proceeding involving allegations of misconduct and that Bonnell could not successfully defend himself if prosecuted. Any pending disciplinary matters are dismissed as moot. He must wait five years before petitioning for reinstatement. The costs of the proceedings are assessed against Bonnell.

Franklin A. Safrin, of Hamilton County, has resigned from the bar, effective Jan. 16. His affidavit of resignation requires an acknowledgement that there is presently pending an investigation into or a proceeding involving allegations of misconduct and that Safrin could not successfully defend himself if prosecuted. Any pending disciplinary matters are dismissed as moot. He must wait five years before petitioning for reinstatement. The costs of the proceedings are assessed against Safrin.•

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  1. Wishing Mary Willis only God's best, and superhuman strength, as she attempts to right a ship that too often strays far off course. May she never suffer this personal affect, as some do who attempt to change a broken system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QojajMsd2nE

  2. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  3. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  4. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

  5. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

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