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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Ind. Decisions - Supreme Court disbars Rep. Delaney's attacker

In In the Matter of Augustus J. Mendenhall, a 4-page, per curiam opinion in an attorney disciplinary action where the respondent was pro se, the Court (Justice Sullivan not participating) writes:

We find that Respondent, Augustus J. Mendenhall, engaged in attorney misconduct by committing criminal acts, including attempted murder, that reflect adversely on the lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer. For this misconduct, we find that Respondent should be permanently disbarred. * * *

Disbarment, which permanently strips an attorney of the privilege of practicing law in this state, is reserved for the most serious misconduct. * * *

The Court concludes that Respondent violated Indiana Professional Conduct Rule 8.4(b) by committing criminal acts, including attempted murder, that reflect adversely on the lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer.

Respondent is already under an order of interim suspension effective July 5, 2010. For Respondent's professional misconduct, the Court now permanently disbars Respondent from the practice of law in this state effective immediately. Respondent shall fulfill all the duties of a disbarred attorney under Admission and Discipline Rule 23(26).

For background, see this list of earlier ILB entries.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 12, 2012 03:50 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions