Disciplinary Actions -5/3/17

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.

The Indiana Supreme Court converted Marion County attorney Jeffrey P. Ayres’ suspension for noncooperation with the Disciplinary Commission to an indefinite suspension, effective April 24. Ayers was suspended in October for failing to cooperate with an investigation into a grievance.

The Indiana Supreme Court suspended St. Joseph County attorney Fronse W. Smith for noncooperation with the Disciplinary Commission’s investigation into a grievance. The suspension took effect April 21. He must also pay $519.71 for the costs of prosecuting the proceeding.

Grant County attorney Beau J. White and Madison County attorney Veronica M. Roby were suspended April 21 for failure to pay costs. Those suspensions take effect 15 days from the date of the order. Both failed to repay costs assessed in a disciplinary action by the due date of the annual registration fee, Oct. 1.•

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