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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. Too many attorneys take their position as a license to intimidate and threaten non attorneys in person and by mail. Did find it ironic that a reader moved to comment twice on this article could not complete a paragraph without resorting to insulting name calling (rethuglican) as a substitute for reasoned discussion. Some people will never get the point this action should have made.

  2. People have heard of Magna Carta, and not the Provisions of Oxford & Westminster. Not that anybody really cares. Today, it might be considered ethnic or racial bias to talk about the "Anglo Saxon common law." I don't even see the word English in the blurb above. Anyhow speaking of Edward I-- he was famously intolerant of diversity himself viz the Edict of Expulsion 1290. So all he did too like making parliament a permanent institution-- that all must be discredited. 100 years from now such commemorations will be in the dustbin of history.

  3. Oops, I meant discipline, not disciple. Interesting that those words share such a close relationship. We attorneys are to be disciples of the law, being disciplined to serve the law and its source, the constitutions. Do that, and the goals of Magna Carta are advanced. Do that not and Magna Carta is usurped. Do that not and you should be disciplined. Do that and you should be counted a good disciple. My experiences, once again, do not reveal a process that is adhering to the due process ideals of Magna Carta. Just the opposite, in fact. Braveheart's dying rebel (for a great cause) yell comes to mind.

  4. It is not a sign of the times that many Ind licensed attorneys (I am not) would fear writing what I wrote below, even if they had experiences to back it up. Let's take a minute to thank God for the brave Baron's who risked death by torture to tell the government that it was in the wrong. Today is a career ruination that whistleblowers risk. That is often brought on by denial of licenses or disciple for those who dare speak truth to power. Magna Carta says truth rules power, power too often claims that truth matters not, only Power. Fight such power for the good of our constitutional republics. If we lose them we have only bureaucratic tyranny to pass onto our children. Government attorneys, of all lawyers, should best realize this and work to see our patrimony preserved. I am now a government attorney (once again) in Kansas, and respecting the rule of law is my passion, first and foremost.

  5. I have dealt with more than a few I-465 moat-protected government attorneys and even judges who just cannot seem to wrap their heads around the core of this 800 year old document. I guess monarchial privileges and powers corrupt still ..... from an academic website on this fantastic "treaty" between the King and the people ... "Enduring Principles of Liberty Magna Carta was written by a group of 13th-century barons to protect their rights and property against a tyrannical king. There are two principles expressed in Magna Carta that resonate to this day: "No freeman shall be taken, imprisoned, disseised, outlawed, banished, or in any way destroyed, nor will We proceed against or prosecute him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land." "To no one will We sell, to no one will We deny or delay, right or justice." Inspiration for Americans During the American Revolution, Magna Carta served to inspire and justify action in liberty’s defense. The colonists believed they were entitled to the same rights as Englishmen, rights guaranteed in Magna Carta. They embedded those rights into the laws of their states and later into the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution ("no person shall . . . be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.") is a direct descendent of Magna Carta's guarantee of proceedings according to the "law of the land." http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/magna_carta/

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