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Disciplinary Actions - 1/25/17

January 25, 2017

Indiana Lawyer Disciplinary ActionsThe 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.

PUBLIC REPRIMAND
Keith Henderson, of Floyd County, received a public reprimand from the Indiana Supreme Court Jan. 13 regarding his decision to enter into a book deal about the prosecution of David Camm for the murder of his wife and two children. Finds he violated Indiana Professional Conduct Rules 1.7(a)(2), 1.8(d) and 8.4(d). The costs of the proceeding are assessed against him. Justice Slaughter did not participate. Read more on page 6.

Ralph W. Staples, of Marion County, received a public reprimand from the Indiana Supreme Court Jan. 13 not appearing for a pretrial conference, not filing a motion to continue and being found in contempt. Staples also failed to timely respond to the Disciplinary Commission’s demand for a response. Staples violated Indiana Professional Conduct Rules 3.2, 3.4(c) and 8.1(b). The costs of the proceeding are assessed against him.

SUSPENSION
Donald E. James, of Allen County, was suspended by the Indiana Supreme Court Jan. 13 for noncooperation with the Disciplinary Commission’s investigation into two grievances. He must pay $525.88 for the costs of prosecuting one of the cases.•

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