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Friday, October 07, 2011

Ind. Decisions - Supreme Court suspends attorney pendente lite

Last December 9th WISH TV had a report that began:

An Indianapolis lawyer was charged with battery after an incident with her boyfriend, but got into even more trouble when officials found a weapon in her bra while booking her into jail.

Police said Olubunmi Okanlami was hiding a 1 inch pocket knife in her bra. She is charged with 3 felonies, and her status with the Indiana Law Review Board is pending.

She's accused of beating her boyfriend, carrying a concealed weapon and assaulting an officer while she was in the process of being detained.

"She is presumed innocent until proven guilty," said Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.

Why is this now news? Because in a one-page order dated Oct. 6th, the Supreme Court has now ordered that the attorney be "suspended from the practice of law in this State, pending further order of this Court or final resolution of any resulting disciplinary action, due to Respondent being found guilty of a crime punishable as a felony * * * effective fifteen (15) days from the date of this order."

The ABA Journal blog today notes:

She worked as a labor and employment associate at Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis until mid-2009, following by a less-than-one-year stint as city attorney of Kokomo, Ind., in 2010.
This Above the Law entry from last December has some additional information.

[More] This long story at Progressive Greek blog, dated April 15, 2010, reports Ms. Okanlami's hiring by the City of Kokomo.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 7, 2011 05:09 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions