Disciplinary Actions – 3/8/17

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.

Marc L. Waite, of St. Joseph County, resigned from the Indiana bar effective Feb. 16. He must wait at least five years to petition for reinstatement. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against him.

John D. Pierce, of Parke County, was suspended by the Indiana Supreme Court effective Feb. 16 for noncooperation with the Disciplinary Commission’s investigation into two grievances. He must pay $526.30 for the costs of prosecuting one of the proceedings. The justices did not order reimbursement in the second proceeding.

Clark G. Rehme, of Marion County, was suspended Feb. 23 by the Indiana Supreme Court following his being found guilty of Level 6 felony official misconduct after being accused of inappropriately touching inmates at the Shelby County jail.

Breanne Joy Strubinger, of Marion County, was suspended Feb. 23 by the Indiana Supreme Court after being found guilty of OWI with endangerment as a Level 6 felony and resisting law enforcement as a Class A misdemeanor.

Samuel G. Vazanellis, of Lake County, had his suspension for failing to cooperate with the Disciplinary Commission converted to an indefinite suspension by the Indiana Supreme Court effective Feb. 27.•

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