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Disciplinary commission seeks suspension of former clerk’s law license

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More than a month after former Lake County clerk Thomas R. Philpot was sentenced to serve 18 months for theft and mail fraud convictions, the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission has requested his law license be suspended by the Supreme Court.

The disciplinary commission filed a notice of finding of guilt and request for suspension Monday, initiating a disciplinary case. Philpot, 55, of Highland, was convicted in September of taking more than $24,000 from federal funds for child support that he oversaw as clerk from December 2004 to November 2009. He used the money to pay himself bonuses without authorization from the county council.  

In February, Philpot was ordered to surrender to begin serving his sentence Wednesday. He also will serve two years of supervised release after completing his prison sentence.

The Indiana Roll of Attorneys currently lists Philpot as active in good standing with no completed disciplinary history. He was admitted to the bar in June 2001 and has a law practice in Hammond. Prior to serving as clerk for Lake County for eight years, he was the county’s coroner for eight years.

There is no timeline for when the Indiana Supreme Court may take any action on the disciplinary commission’s request.

 

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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