Disciplinary Commission

Ex-prosecutor faces discipline for failing to disclose false testimony

May 26, 2017
Dave Stafford
A former Porter County deputy prosecutor and a member of the Valparaiso City Council faces sanctions from the Indiana Supreme Court for allegedly withholding from the defense that an alleged victim said he had been coached to lie and had recanted allegations of sexual abuse.
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Indiana justices discipline suspended Chicago attorney

March 31, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has imposed reciprocal discipline on a Chicago-based attorney who is also licensed in Indiana after she was suspended from the practice of law in Illinois.
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Hearing officer urges reprimand for Johnson County prosecutor

January 27, 2017
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court should limit its discipline of Johnson County Prosecutor Bradley Cooper to a public reprimand, the hearing officer presiding over his case recommends.
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Camm prosecutor reprimanded for book deal

January 13, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has imposed a public reprimand against a Floyd County prosecutor charged with violations of three Professional Conduct Rules after he failed to recuse himself from a case he planned to write a book about.
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Indiana lawyers now must report misdemeanor convictions

November 8, 2016
IL Staff
Indiana attorneys now are explicitly required to report to the Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission any misdemeanor or felony conviction under sweeping changes to Admission and Discipline Rule 23.
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Indiana attorney with failed Florida firm calls ethics complaint against her a ‘witch hunt’

November 2, 2016
Dave Stafford
By outward appearances, Divina K. Westerfield is an attorney practicing in Indianapolis. But looks can be deceiving.
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Seymour attorney with Alzheimer’s suspended for disability

October 28, 2016
IL Staff
A Seymour attorney who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and who is facing a felony fraud charge has been suspended from the practice of law in Indiana because of his mental disability.
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Bench, bar rally behind prosecutor facing discipline

October 19, 2016
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission brought a formal complaint against Johnson County Prosecutor Bradley Cooper for press comments attributed to him in reaction to a judge's grant of post-conviction relief for convicted murderer Michael Overstreet. A parade of character witnesses traveled to a distant hearing to rally behind Cooper.
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Commission calls for Floyd County prosecutor's suspension

October 7, 2016
 Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission has asked the state's high court to suspend Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson over findings that he acted unethically in a triple-murder case.
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Prosecutor faces discipline for press comments over ruling for killer

September 23, 2016
Dave Stafford
Johnson County Prosecutor Bradley Cooper faces possible professional sanctions for comments he made to the Indianapolis Star and the Associated Press after a judge ruled a man facing the death penalty wasn’t competent to be executed.
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Seymour lawyer faces felony count, disciplinary case

September 9, 2016
Dave Stafford
A Seymour lawyer who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease faces a felony charge and a disciplinary complaint seeking his emergency suspension from the practice of law.
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Prosecutor faces ethics sanction for book deal in Camm case

August 24, 2016
Dave Stafford
Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson should be reprimanded by the Indiana Supreme Court for a book deal on a high-profile murder case against former Indiana State Trooper David Camm, recommends a hearing officer in Henderson’s discipline case. The hearing officer blasted the conduct of lawyers on both sides of the ethics matter.
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Ties to Florida firm burn Indiana lawyers

July 27, 2016
Dave Stafford
Small-town lawyer Justin Wall argues in his discipline case that he’s fighting not just for his career, but for the livelihoods of his Huntington co-workers and the needs of his community after he tried to drum up business with a regretful decision to answer a Craigslist ad four years ago.
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Judge frees man held 3 years after molesting acquittals

July 1, 2016
 Associated Press
A Portage man held without bond for three years has been acquitted of four counts of child molesting and ordered immediately released from jail.
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Ex-prosecutor Brizzi faces disciplinary complaint

May 19, 2016
Scott Olson, IBJ Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission is recommending former Marion County Prosecutor Carl J. Brizzi III be punished for "a pattern of misconduct" that occurred during his time in office.
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Supreme Court disbars South Bend lawyer

May 19, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court issued a disbarment decision Wednesday finding Elton Johnson committed attorney misconduct in a number of ways. The per curiam decision lists incompetent representation, converting client funds and failing to cooperate with the disciplinary process as reasons for Johnson's disbarment.
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3 reappointed to Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission

April 22, 2016
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court reappointed three members to its disciplinary commission Thursday. Nancy L. Cross, Andrielle M. Metzel and Trent A. McCain’s terms were scheduled to expire June 30, and will now serve another five-year term.
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Rewriting discipline rules for Indiana attorneys

March 23, 2016
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission would be limited to a one-year period of internal investigation of lawyers under a key change in an overhaul of rules governing attorney discipline.
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Supreme Court seeks comment on proposed disciplinary rule changes

March 1, 2016
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has spent two years working on changes to Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 23 and is now seeking comment on proposed changes by April 30.
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2 found in contempt for practicing law

February 2, 2016
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has fined two attorneys after finding them in contempt for practicing law while one was suspended and after one had resigned from the bar nearly 10 years ago.
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Law office whistleblower key in disbarment

December 16, 2015
Dave Stafford
The former office manager who blew the whistle on an Indianapolis lawyer disbarred recently by the Indiana Supreme Court said he paid a personal and professional price and endured threats from his ex-boss after reporting his egregiously unethical conduct.
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Justices disbar lawyer for theft of $150K from clients, ‘brazenness’

December 1, 2015
Dave Stafford
An Indianapolis lawyer has been disbarred for stealing about $150,000 from his clients, “disclosing client confidences for purposes of both retaliation and amusement, threatening and intimidating his office staff (and) lying pervasively to all comers,” according to the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Prosecutor testifies in disciplinary hearing over Camm book deal

October 20, 2015
 Associated Press
An attorney who led the prosecution against a former Indiana State trooper acquitted of killing his wife and two children says a requested ethics investigation was a tactic to get him off the case.
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Disciplinary Actions: 3/25/15

March 25, 2015
IL Staff
Read about a recent suspension issued by the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Lawyer who tried to trade representation for sex suspended

March 24, 2015
Dave Stafford
A former Marion County public defender accused of offering to trade legal service for sex with a prostitute has been suspended from the practice of law.
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  1. One can only wonder whether Mr. Kimmel was paid for his work by Mr. Burgh ... or whether that bill fell to the citizens of Indiana, many of whom cannot afford attorneys for important matters. It really doesn't take a judge(s) to know that "pavement" can be considered a deadly weapon. It only takes a brain and some education or thought. I'm glad to see the conviction was upheld although sorry to see that the asphalt could even be considered "an issue".

  2. In response to bryanjbrown: thank you for your comment. I am familiar with Paul Ogden (and applaud his assistance to Shirley Justice) and have read of Gary Welsh's (strange) death (and have visited his blog on many occasions). I am not familiar with you (yet). I lived in Kosciusko county, where the sheriff was just removed after pleading in what seems a very "sweetheart" deal. Unfortunately, something NEEDS to change since the attorneys won't (en masse) stand up for ethics (rather making a show to please the "rules" and apparently the judges). I read that many attorneys are underemployed. Seems wisdom would be to cull the herd and get rid of the rotting apples in practice and on the bench, for everyone's sake as well as justice. I'd like to file an attorney complaint, but I have little faith in anything (other than the most flagrant and obvious) resulting in action. My own belief is that if this was medicine, there'd be maimed and injured all over and the carnage caused by "the profession" would be difficult to hide. One can dream ... meanwhile, back to figuring out to file a pro se "motion to dismiss" as well as another court required paper that Indiana is so fond of providing NO resources for (unlike many other states, who don't automatically assume that citizens involved in the court process are scumbags) so that maybe I can get the family law attorney - whose work left me with no settlement, no possessions and resulted in the death of two pets (etc ad nauseum) - to stop abusing the proceedings supplemental and small claims rules and using it as a vehicle for harassment and apparently, amusement.

  3. Been on social security sense sept 2011 2massive strokes open heart surgery and serious ovarian cancer and a blood clot in my lung all in 14 months. Got a letter in may saying that i didn't qualify and it was in form like i just applied ,called social security she said it don't make sense and you are still geting a check in june and i did ,now i get a check from my part D asking for payment for july because there will be no money for my membership, call my prescription coverage part D and confirmed no check will be there.went to social security they didn't want to answer whats going on just said i should of never been on it .no one knows where this letter came from was California im in virginia and been here sense my strokes and vcu filed for my disability i was in the hospital when they did it .It's like it was a error . My ,mothers social security was being handled in that office in California my sister was dealing with it and it had my social security number because she died last year and this letter came out of the same office and it came at the same time i got the letter for my mother benefits for death and they had the same date of being typed just one was on the mail Saturday and one on Monday. . I think it's a mistake and it should been fixed instead there just getting rid of me .i never got a formal letter saying when i was being tsken off.

  4. Employers should not have racially discriminating mind set. It has huge impact on the society what the big players do or don't do in the industry. Background check is conducted just to verify whether information provided by the prospective employee is correct or not. It doesn't have any direct combination with the rejection of the employees. If there is rejection, there should be something effective and full-proof things on the table that may keep the company or the people associated with it in jeopardy.

  5. Unlike the federal judge who refused to protect me, the Virginia State Bar gave me a hearing. After the hearing, the Virginia State Bar refused to discipline me. VSB said that attacking me with the court ADA coordinator had, " all the grace and charm of a drive-by shooting." One does wonder why the VSB was able to have a hearing and come to that conclusion, but the federal judge in Indiana slammed the door of the courthouse in my face.

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