Disciplinary Actions – 5/11/12

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The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission brings charges against attorneys who have violated the state’s rules for admission to the bar and Rules of Professional Conduct. The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications brings charges against judges, judicial officers, or judicial candidates for misconduct. Details of attorneys’ and judges’ actions for which they are being disciplined by the Supreme Court will be included unless they are not a matter of public record under the court’s rules.

James D. Nafe Jr., of St. Joseph County, has been suspended immediately from the practice of law for noncooperation with the Disciplinary Commission, per an April 19, 2012, order from the Indiana Supreme Court. He is also ordered to reimburse the commission $522.76 for the costs of prosecuting the proceeding.

Charles P. White, of Marion County, has been suspended pendente lite from practice, per an April 25, 2012, order from the Indiana Supreme Court. The suspension took effect 15 days from the date of the order. White, the former Indiana Secretary of State, was suspended following his Class D felony convictions of submission of a false, fictitious or fraudulent registration application; two counts of perjury; voting outside a precinct of residence; procuring, casting or tabulating a false, fictitious or fraudulent ballot; and theft. The interim suspension shall continue until further order of the court.

James R. Kilburn, of Scott County, has resigned from the Indiana bar, according to an April 19, 2012, order from the Indiana Supreme Court. By accepting his resignation, the justices ordered that any disciplinary proceedings pending against Kilburn be dismissed. He will not be eligible to petition for reinstatement for five years.

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