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Ex-prosecutor candidate’s bar resignation accepted

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A southwest Indiana attorney and former Democratic candidate for Gibson County prosecutor has been allowed to resign from the bar, according to an order from the Indiana Supreme Court.

William Wallace III was indicted in June 2010, after he was accused of videotaping himself having sex with a former client and an employee without their knowledge. He was accused of telling the former client that he would forgive legal fees in exchange for sex. When police executed a warrant and searched his computer, they found child pornography.

Wallace was charged with Class D felony counts of obstruction of justice, voyeurism and possession of child pornography, and misdemeanor charges of patronizing a prostitute and false informing.

In October 2011, Wallace pleaded guilty to the obstruction and child porn charges and was ordered to register as a sex offender. He was suspended from the bar three months later.

The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission filed a verified complaint against Wallace in January 2013. The court order issued Aug. 14 accepts his resignation, which under Discipline Rule 23(17) requires an acknowledgment from Wallace that the material facts alleged are true, that he couldn’t successfully defend the disciplinary case if prosecuted, and that the charges would have resulted in disbarment.

Costs of the proceeding are assessed against Wallace, who may not petition for reinstatement for five years. If he does, he would face the most stringent burden for reinstatement and the allegations in the disciplinary complaint also would be addressed, according to the order.

 

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  • Could have been a contender?
    Interesting to note that had his secrets remained secret, William Wallace III could have entered elected office, could have risen through the ranks, could have even become a judge. And then he would have been well protected, beyond reproach, it would seem, by operation of the old boy network. In this case his secrets slipped out too early to afford him much protection by The System.

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  1. Hysteria? Really Ben? Tell the young lady reported on in the link below that worrying about the sexualizing of our children is mere hysteria. Such thinking is common in the Royal Order of Jesters and other running sex vacays in Thailand or Brazil ... like Indy's Jared Fogle. Those tempted to call such concerns mere histronics need to think on this: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/a-12-year-old-girl-live-streamed-her-suicide-it-took-two-weeks-for-facebook-to-take-the-video-down/ar-AAlT8ka?li=AA4ZnC&ocid=spartanntp

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  3. This is happening so much. Even in 2016.2017. I hope the father sue for civil rights violation. I hope he sue as more are doing and even without a lawyer as pro-se, he got a good one here. God bless him.

  4. JLAP and other courtiers ... Those running court systems, have most substance abuse issues. Probably self medicating to cover conscience issues arising out of acts furthering govt corruption

  5. I whole-heartedly agree with Doug Church's comment, above. Indiana lawyers were especially fortunate to benefit from Tom Pyrz' leadership and foresight at a time when there has been unprecedented change in the legal profession. Consider how dramatically computer technology and its role in the practice of law have changed over the last 25 years. The impact of the great recession of 2008 dramatically changed the composition and structure of law firms across the country. Economic pressures altered what had long been a routine, robust annual recruitment process for law students and recent law school graduates. That has, in turn, impacted law school enrollment across the country, placing upward pressure on law school tuition. The internet continues to drive significant changes in the provision of legal services in both public and private sectors. The ISBA has worked to make quality legal representation accessible and affordable for all who need it and to raise general public understanding of Indiana laws and procedures. How difficult it would have been to tackle each of these issues without Tom's leadership. Tom has set the tone for positive change at the ISBA to meet the evolving practice needs of lawyers of all backgrounds and ages. He has led the organization with vision, patience, flexibility, commitment, thoughtfulness & even humor. He will, indeed, be a tough act to follow. Thank you, Tom, for all you've done and all the energy you've invested in making the ISBA an excellent, progressive, highly responsive, all-inclusive, respectful & respected professional association during his tenure there.

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