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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Ind. Decisions - Both Supreme Court and COA rule against Princeton attorney Wallace this week

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, Janice Barniak reports today in the Princeton Daily Clarion in a story that begins:

PRINCETON -Indiana's Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission has recommended Princeton attorney William R. Wallace III be suspended from practicing law in Indiana, and the Indiana Court of Appeals has decided a pending felony voyeurism charge against him should stand.

The Court of Appeals of Indiana Tuesday upheld Gibson Superior Court Judge Earl Penrod's ruling that the voyeurism charge, one of several filed against Wallace in a 2010 case, should not be dismissed.

In October 2011, Wallace agreed in a plea deal that he would plead guilty to the voyeurism charge if the higher court upheld the local court's ruling.

In that deal, Wallace was sentenced to 90 days of home detention and 458 days of probation for felony convictions of obstruction of justice and possession of child porn. Lesser charges of false informing and patronizing a prostitute were dismissed.

Under terms of the plea agreement, the sentence for the voyeurism charge will run concurrently with the other two convictions.

Wallace's appeal to the higher court was pending when he agreed to the plea deal. His appeal argued that the voyeurism should be dismissed.

He was indicted in the supper of 2010 by a grand jury on charges of false informing, obstruction of justice, patronizing a prostitute and possession of child pornography. In November 2010, Special Prosecutor Jonathan Parkhurst filed the charge of voyeurism.

Prosecutor Rob Krieg asked that a special prosecutor investigate the case because Wallace was a candidate for Gibson County Prosecutor at the time a former client made a complaint in the spring of 2010.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 1, 2012 12:55 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions