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.