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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ind. Courts - More on: Marion County public defender accused in prostitution sting

Updating this brief ILB entry from Jan. 18th, John Tuohy of the Indianapolis Star reports today:

The Marion County Public Defender has fired a lawyer accused of trying to trade legal services for sex with a prostitute.

Christopher Hollander, 36, Indianapolis, was fired Thursday. He had been suspended for two weeks without pay pending the results of an internal investigation, said Public Defender Robert Hill.

Hollander was charged Jan. 17 with soliciting a prostitute during an undercover Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department vice operation. He was scheduled to appear in Misdemeanor Court on Feb. 13 at 8:30 for a pre-trial hearing.

Police said Hollander offered legal assistance in exchange for sex to a cop posing as a hooker. He told investigators after his arrest that he had tracked down the prostitute by reading her arrest file in Marion County Misdemeanor Court. * * *

If the allegations prove true, Hollander probably violated several legal ethical codes that could get his license suspended. Lawyers are not allowed to contact potential clients by phone, have sex with clients or trade services for sex.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 31, 2013 12:14 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts