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The lawyer accused of attacking attorney and state representative Edward DeLaney faces five counts, including attempted murder.

Augustus J. Mendenhall, 38, of Indianapolis, faces charges of attempted murder, a Class A felony; armed robbery, aggravated battery, and criminal confinement, all Class B felonies; and resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor.

The charges stem from the attack on DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, in Carmel Saturday morning. According to the Carmel Police Department, a witness called police after seeing DeLaney and Mendenhall in a car. The witness, who knew DeLaney, believed he may be in trouble based on his behavior.

The meeting was arranged by Mendenhall, who contacted DeLaney about meeting at Catherine Drive in Carmel to discuss the possible purchase of property near that location. At the time, DeLaney was unsure about who he was meeting, according to police.

When police arrived, they found Mendenhall on top of DeLaney, punching him in the head. When he saw police, Mendenhall ran and was stunned before being taken into custody. DeLaney had injuries to his head and face and was transported to a hospital. Police found a .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun while taking Mendenhall into custody.

Mendenhall, who was admitted to the Indiana Bar in October 2008, is being held without bond in the Hamilton County Jail.

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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