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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. Hail to our Constitutional Law Expert in the Executive Office! “What you’re not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law,” Obama said.

  2. What is this, the Ind Supreme Court thinking that there is a separation of powers and limited enumerated powers as delegated by a dusty old document? Such eighteen century thinking, so rare and unwanted by the elites in this modern age. Dictate to us, dictate over us, the massess are chanting! George Soros agrees. Time to change with times Ind Supreme Court, says all President Snows. Rule by executive decree is the new black.

  3. I made the same argument before a commission of the Indiana Supreme Court and then to the fedeal district and federal appellate courts. Fell flat. So very glad to read that some judges still beleive that evidentiary foundations matter.

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

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