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Attorney charged with intimidation gets disability suspension

May 15, 2019

An attorney who was suspended from the practice of law earlier this year for telling a Marion County court that someone was “going to die” has been suspended from practicing law effective immediately due to disability.   

The Indiana Supreme Court issued the suspension order Monday for Indianapolis attorney Kraig A. Kenworthy, who was suspended from practicing law in January after justices granted a petition for his emergency suspension.

According to the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission’s petition, Kenworthy was arrested in June 2016 and charged with Class A misdemeanor criminal trespass and two counts of Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement. Police initially responded to a welfare check initiated by Kenworthy himself. He informed officers that he had “knowledge of a group running an extortion ring and using a military device to commit homicide.” Officers believed him to be a danger to himself and others and took him to Eskenazi Hospital.

Kenworthy was later charged with Class A misdemeanor intimidation. In October 2017, after making several intimidating phone calls to the Marion Superior Court, he allegedly told a member of the court’s staff that “someone is going to die today” and that “[t]here is going to be a murder”.

According to a Monday order, the commission filed a joint verified “Disciplinary Complaint and [ ] Petition for Disability Suspension” against Kenworthy in March 2019. Kenworthy filed a joint verified answer to the disciplinary complaint and objection to the petition for disability suspension.

However, Supreme Court justices granted the commission’s verified petition for disability suspension and ordered Kenworthy be suspended from the practice of law in Indiana effective immediately, due to disability.

Justices further dismissed the commission’s disciplinary complaint without prejudice to refile based on Kenworthy’s indefinite disability suspension and the nature of his disability, finding further proceedings on a disciplinary complaint are not currently warranted. 

Kenworthy may petition for reinstatement upon termination of the disability pursuant to Admission and Discipline Rules 23(19)(h) and 23(18)(b).

This was Kenworthy’s first disciplinary action, according to the Indiana Roll of Attorneys. He was admitted to practice in 1988.

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