Indianapolis attorney Paul Ogden’s hearing next week before the Indiana Disciplinary Commission will be open to the public after he waived confidentiality that’s customary in such proceedings.
Ogden is accused in a verified complaint of violating Professional Conduct Rule 8.2 for criticizing Hendricks Superior Judge David Coleman in emails sent to opposing counsel in a concluded estate matter. Ogden also sent a letter to Marion Superior judges regarding asset distribution in forfeiture cases, which the commission charges is a violation of Rules 2.9 and 8.4(d) forbidding ex parte communications.
Ogden, who also writes the Ogden on Politics blog, counters that the case against him is an abuse of the attorney discipline process and violates his First Amendment rights.
Disciplinary Commission Executive Secretary G. Michael Witte confirmed Thursday that the proceeding would be public because Ogden waived confidentiality.
Hearing officer Robert W. York will preside over the final hearing at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Indiana Supreme Court conference room.