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Monday, August 06, 2012

Ind. Decisions - One Supreme Court disciplinary opinion, filed Aug. 1, has been posted by the Court

Ths 5-0, 3-page opinion in In the Matter of Cecelia M. K. Hemphill imposes a sanction of a minimum six month suspension, without automatic reinstatement. The facts are too long to summarize, but this paragraph from the Court speaks much:

An important factor in determining appropriate discipline is the risk to the public should we allow Respondent to continue in the practice of law. See Matter of McCarthy, 668 N.E.2d 256, 258 (Ind. 1996). Respondent lacks any insight into why her conduct was wrong, maintaining that she did the right thing because she was serving a higher purpose of protecting the safety of the children. Convincing evidence was presented that this incident was not an isolated lapse. We therefore conclude that Respondent should be suspended without automatic reinstatement.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 6, 2012 01:08 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions