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.
L. Robert Lowe Jr., of Vanderburgh County, resigned from the Indiana bar, effective April 27. An investigation into allegations of misconduct was pending against Lowe.
Tracy J. Follstad, of Marion County; Hillary B. Ricks, of Marion County; Bryan S. Skillman, of Vigo County; and Ralph W. Staples, of Monroe County, were all suspended effective May 16 for failure to pay costs. The three did not pay costs assessed in their respective disciplinary actions by Oct. 1, as required by the Indiana Admission and Discipline Rules.
Marion County attorney Lindsay C. Potthast has been suspended for at least 90 days, without automatic reinstatement, for a 2015 Level 6 felony conviction following a guilty plea to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction within five years. Her disciplinary probation stemming from her previous OWI conviction was revoked as a result of the latest conviction. The suspension took effect May 6.
Lake County attorney David Saks’ suspension for failing to cooperate in the investigation of a grievance has been converted to an indefinite suspension, effective May 6. More than six months have passed since he was suspended due to noncooperation.
Warrick County attorney Gene D. Emmons’ suspension for failing to cooperating in the investigation of a grievance has been converted to an indefinite suspension, effective May 9. More than six months have passed since he was suspended due to noncooperation.
Marion County attorney Benjamin T. Caughey has been suspended, effective May 6, following his conviction of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, endangering a person, with a prior conviction within the last five years, a Level 6 felony to be entered as a Class A misdemeanor. Caughey filed a response asking that the interim suspension not be imposed. The suspension shall expire 90 days from May 6, absent any reason that it should continue beyond that time period.