Disciplinary Actions – 3/23/16

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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.

The Indiana Supreme Court on March 7 granted Richard Loiseau’s petition for reinstatement to the practice of law. He was originally suspended for at least 90 days without automatic reinstatement in 2011 and petitioned for reinstatement in May 2015. The Florida-based attorney was found to have committed misconduct when handling an immigration case for a client who was later ordered to be deported and in his handling of that client’s husband’s asylum and deportation case. Justices Brent Dickson and Steven David voted to deny reinstatement.

Edward L. Harris III, of Hamilton County, was suspended March 11 for noncooperation with the Disciplinary Commission in its investigation into a grievance. Harris must pay $526.96 for the costs of prosecuting this proceeding.

Fazia Deen-Bacchus, of Hamilton County, was suspended in a March 11 order regarding her representation of two clients in separate matters. The justices noted at the time she worked on those cases, she had very little experience practicing law. Her suspension begins April 21 and will last 90 days with automatic reinstatement.•

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