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Evansville attorney suspended from practice of law

Rebecca Berfanger
January 1, 2007
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The Indiana Supreme Court Monday suspended Evansville attorney Bradley Happe from the practice of law, effective immediately until further order of the court. Happe was arrested in March, accused of having a meth lab in his law office and apartment.

Indiana Lawyer reported in its May 2 issue that on April 26, the Disciplinary Commission asked the Supreme Court to issue an order of interim suspension because two-thirds of the commission voted that Happe may pose a threat to his clients, and if the alleged misconduct charges are true he would be sanctioned under the Admission and Disciplinary Rules.

In the June 4 order, the court grants the petition and orders that Happe "be suspended pendente lite from the practice of law in this state, effective immediately." Happe must now fulfill the duties of a suspended attorney under Admission and Discipline Rule 23 (26).

On May 25, The Evansville Courier Press reported "Verdelski Miller, Happe's attorney and a Happe family friend, orally withdrew from the case. ... Attorney Gerald Fuchs will take over Happe's case."

Happe's trial date is June 11, which Judge Wayne Trockman told the Evansville paper will likely be reset for Oct. 8.

Another Evansville attorney, Teresa Perry, was arrested in May for eight counts related to possessing and distributing methamphetamine after she allegedly sold drugs to a police informant, The Evansville Courier Press reported. Her next court appearance is June 13 and a trial in the case is scheduled to begin July 18.
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  1. 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.

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  3. The fee increase would be livable except for the 11% increase in spending at the Disciplinary Commission. The Commission should be focused on true public harm rather than going on witch hunts against lawyers who dare to criticize judges.

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