Disciplinary Actions – 4/5/17

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.

Tarek E. Mercho, of Marion County, was suspended by the Indiana Supreme Court, effective May 10, for misappropriating funds from his attorney trust account over a period of several years. During the Disciplinary Commission’s investigation into the matter, Mercho made numerous false statements and submitted a client ledger with false entries. His suspension is for 180 days, with 90 actively served and the remainder stayed subject to completing at least one year of probation. He must also have a CPA monitor his trust account. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against him.

Public reprimand
Bradley D. Cooper, of Johnson County, received a public reprimand from the Indiana Supreme Court March 24. Cooper was disciplined for comments he made to a newspaper regarding appointment of a murder case he handled to a judge in St. Joseph County. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against him.

Hong-Min Jun, of Marion County, received a public reprimand March 28 for how he handled an immigration case. He instructed his client, whose wife was a resident and citizen of South Korea, to try to obtain a non-immigrant visa or visa waiver because the process was quicker than a consular processing to obtain an immigrant visa. As a result of her making false statements to obtain the visa, she was denied entry in the United States and forced to return to South Korea. It will now be more difficult for her to become a permanent resident of the U.S. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against him.

Suspension Termination
The Indiana Supreme Court terminated Kimberly D. Kiner’s suspension for noncooperation in the investigation of a grievance on March 27. The LaPorte County attorney was suspended Nov. 3, 2016.•

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