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Friday, April 01, 2011

Ind. Courts - "Former Vanderburgh prosecutor censured, but not charged in drug case"

From the Evansville Courier & Press, this story, reported by Mark Wilson, that begins:

The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission suspended a former Vanderburgh County deputy prosecutor from practicing law because he violated state law to obtain prescriptions, as well as professional conduct rules.

But while the commission said Neil C. Thomas illegally obtained 85 prescriptions for painkillers during a one-year period while in office, a special prosecutor in the case declined to file criminal charges against him.

Thomas is suspended from practicing law for 6 months beginning on April 29, with two months of actual suspension and the rest subject to completing 18 months of probation monitored by the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program.

The state program is designed to help judges, lawyers and law students cope with mental health, substance abuse and other issues that impair the ethical practice of their profession and quality of life.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 1, 2011 08:05 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts