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Justices accept attorney’s resignation, suspend another

February 20, 2017

A northern Indiana attorney is no longer practicing law in the Hoosier state after the Indiana Supreme Court accepted his resignation from the Indiana bar last week.

In an order posted Feb. 16, the justices of the Indiana Supreme Court accepted Marc L. Waite’s resignation from the bar, effective immediately. Waite’s resignation comes under Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 23(17), which requires an acknowledgement of a pending investigation into allegations of attorney misconduct against which Waite could not defend himself.

All disciplinary proceedings against Waite are dismissed as a result of his resignation, but he cannot apply for reinstatement to the bar for at least five years. Additionally, the costs of the proceedings are assessed against him.

In addition to accepting Waite’s resignation, the Supreme Court also suspended Rockville attorney John D. Pierce on Feb. 16.

The high court had previously suspended Pierce in October after he failed to respond to a show cause order stemming from an August 2016 investigation. Similarly, the February suspension stems from Pierce’s failure to respond to show cause orders related to two investigations against him.

As in October, the justices decided last week to suspend Pierce, effective immediately, until he cooperates with both investigations or until further order of the court. Additionally, $526.30 in prosecutorial costs related to one of the investigations are assessed against him.

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