Indiana Supreme Court rules Indy lawyer didn’t engage in misconduct

More than a year after the case opened, the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission has ruled Indianapolis lawyer Burnell K. Grimes, Jr. did not engage in professional misconduct.

An order by the high court on Friday  said that the hearing officer on the case concluded the commission failed to meet its burden of proving Grimes violated Indiana Professional Conduct Rule 8.4 (c). The initial disciplinary complaint against Grimes was filed in February of 2020.

In the order, which does not provide the details of the case, Chief Justice Loretta Rush wrote, “Where . . . the hearing officer’s report is unchallenged, we accept and adopt the findings contained therein with the understanding that final determination as to disciplinary violations and sanction rests with this court.

“…Accordingly, we adopt and incorporate by reference the hearing officer’s findings of fact, and on those findings we likewise conclude that the commission has failed to prove the charged rule violation.”

The hearing officer, Marion Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Ann Christ, was discharged after entering judgment for the respondent.

The case is In the Matter of Burnell K. Grimes, Jr. , 20S-DI-00066.

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